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Strategies to promote better sleep in these uncertain times

April 4, 2020

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Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH, Contributor

Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH, is an Associate Physician and Clinical Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses 1) adapting sleep … See Full Bio
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G Raposo
April 4, 2020

Really helpful. I´m still trying to achieve a good night sleep, with no “nightmares” That actually makes me feel quite tired in the morning.
Thank you

Mohammad Masih Safi
April 3, 2020

Thank you !
Very helpful!

April 2, 2020

What about taking Tylenol pm every night to sleep?

Suzie Bertisch
April 3, 2020

Recent guidelines recommend against using diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Tylenol pm and most over the counter sleep aids, as there is limited evidence of benefits compared to known potential harms.

Vidyadhar Ishwar
April 1, 2020

An excellent article. The point about connection between sleep and immune system should be emphasized in the current pandemic. The impact of stress, anxiety and lack of sleep on the immune suppression is vital. Cannot always be quantified but is clinically well established.

Ram B Upadhyay
April 1, 2020


Suzie Bertisch
April 1, 2020

Thank you! I am glad this is helpful to you and others at this difficult time.

Jean-Claude Tabb
March 31, 2020

This is a good blog with very helpful information. During this time of the pandemic, I’ve found myself experiencing more nightmares than usual. I am a mental health therapist who practices many of the recommendations in this blog. However, not all of them. I’m going to do my best to implement more of these suggestions and monitor the outcome.
Thanks for this “better sleep” blog and I wish the best of rest for those of you who are experiencing trouble sleeping.

Katombi Stephen
March 31, 2020

Due to the ongoing problem there many things that have changed in my life, I have been through a lot of problem but this is the only thing that has made to be scared that sometimes I feel like am failing to breath properly and my heart bit has increased what can I do ? and Is true that if someone thinks about something especially if it is a disease In a negative he? she might even develop some symptoms?

Suzie Bertisch
April 1, 2020

You can click on some links and find some specific resources on breathing techniques.

March 31, 2020

In these difficult times , I suggest all health, exercise , food tips are sent free to public as a social service.
It would be greatly helpful.

David Kulle
March 30, 2020

Thanks for this very helpful article. I especially appreciated the guidance about not staying in bed more than 20 minutes if you’re just not able to get to sleep. I’ve wondered whether it’s better to stick with it or change focus and try again later, and now I know.

P J Brant
March 30, 2020

This was very helpful, informative information about sleep. Thank you.

prof.Ngotho wa Kariuki
March 30, 2020

Very good and helpful tips on sleep.
Liked the discussion and will try and apply it.
Ngotho Kariuki

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