Lately, I’ve been having trouble falling asleep at night. When I was waking up at 3:45 AM to do the morning show, this was never a problem. I was always able to fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. Now that I have a more traditional schedule, I don’t fall asleep as easily.
I’ve also had a few things on my mind this past year, and I don’t mean the pandemic or high gas prices. Both of my sons are trying to figure out what their adult lives will look like and I’m trying to be as helpful as I can. Also, my parents may soon need to make some changes in where and how they live for the sake of their health.
Then there are the classic sleep deprivers. You know, reliving past mistakes, dreading future problems that may or may not actually happen, who will the Panthers’ starting quarterback be this season. The switch to Daylight Saving Time hasn’t helped either. It all adds up.
Luckily, CNN spoke to a Harvard Medical School professor about this very issue. Rebecca Robbins, an instructor in Harvard’s division of sleep medicine, has some relaxation strategies you can use to get your brain to stop keeping you up at night. She calls these five techniques a “tool kit for better sleep.”