Kathie Lee & Hoda: Dr. Carol Ash Interview
An estimated 50-70 million adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder and Kathie Lee is one of them since she gets about four hours of sleep a night. Dr. Carol Ash, Board Certified Sleep Specialist from Meridian Health, joined the ladies and shared tips on getting a good night’s sleep, including room darkening shades, eye masks, writing in a journal and much more.
Sleeping Problems: Why It Happens
Dr. Carol Ash said that we’ll have a major life change, like childbirth, and that is the initiating event. After that, you have things that come into your life that are amplifiers, which may not have been a problem before. Now the initiating problem is long gone, but the other things continue and cause you to lose sleep.
Sleeping Problems: Thoughts Vs Chemical Issue
Dr. Carol Ash said it’s a complex problem when someone is not sleeping and you have to take each one of those factors and address them. Dr. Ash said most don’t know where to start. There are so many demands and expectations on us.
How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep: Write In A Journal
Dr. Carol Ash said that you can’t try to solve the problems of the day in the middle of the night. Those racing problems are keeping us up at night. Dr. Ash said when you go to sleep, you are alone with your thoughts and things tend to bother us more, so what you need to do is get a journal and write it down because when you look at it in the light of day, most of the time you can come up with a solution for your own problems and if not, reach out to a trusted friend or a professional.
How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep: Sound Machine
Dr. Carol Ash suggested getting a sound machine, with sounds of the ocean or something calming to you. It blocks the intrusive thoughts and it becomes part of a nice bedtime relaxing routine. Dr. Ash said it stops you from worrying all night long.
How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep: Room Darkening Shades or Eye Masks
In summertime, the sunlight will come in and intrude in and stop you from successfully transitioning into sleep. Dr. Carol Ash suggested getting room darkening shades or a simple eye mask to help keep the light out.
How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep: Keep Room Temperature Cool
Dr. Carol Ash said to make sure the room temperature is cool. Dr. Ash said the optimum temperature for sleep is 65 degrees, which is cooler than people think. Dr. Ash suggest an alarm clock that projects the room temperature on the ceiling to help you know what the room temperature is.