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Covid may have interfered with your sleep pattern, but psychotherapist Deirdre Martin outlines steps you can take to help improve it

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Terrible tiredness: more people are struggling with their sleep but Deirdre Martin insists there are ways to help, such as not bringing phones to bed

Terrible tiredness: more people are struggling with their sleep but Deirdre Martin insists there are ways to help, such as not bringing phones to bed

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Terrible tiredness: more people are struggling with their sleep but Deirdre Martin insists there are ways to help, such as not bringing phones to bed

We appreciate the benefit of a good night's sleep - we wake up feeling refreshed, clear headed and prepared to begin our day. Not everyone is so fortunate. For those who regularly experience poor sleep, pandemic anxiety, coupled with constant changes regarding lockdowns and restrictions, can mean sleep is further impaired. At a time when so much is beyond our control, the benefits of a good night's rest are tremendous.

"Anxiety is a natural human response when we're under stress but there's fear on top of fear on top of fear again with the pandemic," says psychotherapist Deirdre Martin who helps clients with sleep concerns.

"There's the fear, 'What if I get Covid? What if somebody else gets Covid? What if I can't cope? What if I can't visit the hospital? What treatment would I have? Fear triggers anxiety which in turn can lead to sleep problems."


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