When You Only Dream About Good Sleep

When You Only Dream About Good Sleep

Author: Kaitlyn Kinsey, National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2)

The cold and dark winter season can make many of us feel like we want to hibernate. Yet for some, going to sleep — and staying asleep — can be a challenge all year long. Especially for service members and veterans facing stressful situations like transitioning back home, or experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress — getting a full night of sleep can feel like an unattainable dream.

Insufficient sleep has a much larger impact on your health — and public health — than feeling tired all the time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lack of sleep impacts our days just as much as our nights, with sleep-related difficulties including:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Trouble remembering things
  • Reduced quality of life and productivity
  • Increased chance of developing diseases like depression or diabetes
  • Nodding off while driving and causing accidents
  • Increased chronic pain

The National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) provides a variety of free resources to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Along with seeing your doctor, try some of the following T2 resources:

  • Sleep Assessments: This brief quiz will help you identify sleep problems, and point you to additional resources to help. Related assessments may help you figure out what contributes to your sleep issues.  
  • Dream EZ app: Identify, confront and gain control over the content of a nightmare to reduce the frequency of bad dreams.
  • CBT-i Coach app: Learn good sleep strategies, routines proven to help ease insomnia and practices used in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i).
  • Mindfulness Coach app: Experiment with mindfulness meditation to focus your energy at the end of a long day. This app features nine methods to try!
  • Breathe2Relax app: If stress and anxiety are contributing to your sleeplessness, these breathing exercises may help you relax.

Your sleep issues can affect your health and well-being, so don’t let your lack of sleep drag you down. Resources are available to help you achieve a good night’s sleep which will, in turn, lead to more successful days. For more tips, check out this infographic about healthy sleep habits.


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