PHARR, Texas – The unknowns of COVID-19 can lead to sleep loss or anxiety.
Multiple doctors across the Valley have confirmed some of their patients are only sleeping for one or two hours a night. This reoccurring issue can lead to serious sleep deprivation that can ultimately affect mental health.
Family physician, Dr. Manuel Sanchez of Family Practice Center in McAllen says he is prescribing more sleep aids to his patients for body immune system defense.
“They come in shaking. They come in worried, and they cannot sleep at night. That has prompted us to give them more incentives for these people a little tranquilizer…so they can relax a bit,” he explained.
However, Dr. Sanchez encourages everyone to take control of their sleep health.
Some of the best natural alternatives are exercise at least three hours before bed and herbal tea.
“There’s a combination [of] melanin, chamomile and Valerian root…it will also make you naturally sleepy and relaxes you,” he said.
Medical experts are challenging those who feel anxious to meditate.
According to Harvard School of Medicine, meditation can decrease your blood pressure and release melatonin which activates the parts of the brain that control sleep.