MAY 13, 2020: During this time of great stress and worry, you may be finding yourself having issues with getting a good night’s sleep. Many people have a hard time falling asleep because they are thinking about problems or about work the next day.
Research shows that people who wrote ‘to-do’ lists before going to bed fell asleep faster. Those who wrote longer, more specific lists fell asleep faster than those who wrote shorter, more general ones.
Making a list of tasks that need to be addressed during the day can help let go of worries. You feel like there is a plan in place for addressing issues.
When poor sleep is a sign to see your doctor:
Sleep is an important part of everyone’s life, and not getting enough can mirror symptoms of cognitive decline. It’s called pseudodementia. The lack of sleep leads to poor executive function and lack of concentration.
Yet if you find that you still struggle to get a full night’s rest, a visit to your doctor may be needed. For example:
Research shows that people with insomnia are more likely to develop cognitive issues. People who don’t get enough quality rest were at a 25% higher risk of dementia. Doctors say that toxic substances that cause inflammation in the brain need to be removed, and this happens while you sleep.
Another major sleep issue is sleep apnea, which deprives the brain of oxygen. It can increase risk of heart problems, dementia, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Talk with your doctor about any sleep issues you may be experiencing.
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