You Don’t Have to Muscle Through Your Sleep Problems

Here’s how a professional can help

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Insomnia feels like one of those shared experiences of the pandemic, like freaking out about toilet paper in the early days, or refreshing your web browser to get a vaccine appointment these days.

And you might think there’s not much you can do about your sleep problems. Sleeping through the night feels like the type of thing you should just be able to do on your own. I mean, we teach babies to do it in the first months after they’re born. (Most babies, anyway.)

But you don’t have to wait for the pandemic to be over to get a good night’s sleep again. After all, if you’ve been struggling to sleep throughout the pandemic, you’re at the one-year mark of less-than-ideal rest.

I talked to some experts for NBC TODAY, and they shared the times they think it’s a good idea to see your doctor or a sleep specialist. It’s worth considering — they assure me they won’t just strap a breathing machine onto you or send you off with a prescription for a sedative.

Here’s what they had to say:

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