Sleep has been one of the greatest casualties of the isolation caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.
There are many children - especially teenagers - who hardly sleep nowadays.
It is easy to push aside the inability to fall asleep at first because there are so many ways in which you can occupy your busy mind if you are not sleepy nowadays.
And there are invariably other people who are willing to stay awake to give you company.
But when sleep completely eludes you - it can become frightening.
Especially when you have an exam or something else coming up for which you know you need to be alert and awake at a certain time to perform well.
In times of stress the sleep deprived mind goes into overdrive and it becomes even more difficult to sleep
A lot of teens and their parents have been reaching out to me in the past few days because they are unable to sleep.
They have usually gone through the well known recommendations of turning off devices early and stuff when they meet me.
And they insist that they have no stress.
But there always is.
That is the reason they started pushing sleep back in the first place.
Offloading thoughts that move in a vicious cycle through the brain is important
In the past few days I have received thank you messages from several teens who were just grateful that I facilitated offloading for them.
That in addition to some physiological suggestions - got them sleeping and getting up like they wanted to.
Are you struggling with sleep?
It is best not to postpone getting help.
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