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Ask Brandon: Bed Bugs, Jet Lag & Drug-Free Insomnia Solving

Ask Brandon

Have anything on your mind about sleep, mattresses, or bedding? I am here to answer everything you wanted know. Sharing my experiences and knowledge on all things sleep-related is a real passion! Thank you for continuing to send your questions to!

Q: How is the best way to get rid of bedbugs? I would also like to know a good brand of mattress that’s more on the firm side, preferably that I find in find in a twin.

A:  For bed bugs, I recommend getting an exterminator who has bed bug experience to kill them off. You have to kill them at such a high level of heat that it can be difficult to do properly. On mattresses, Sealy Posturepedic makes a great firm twin size mattress such as Cordovan Firm.

Q: Hi Brandon! I’m not sure how much sleep I should be getting. I’m a 25 year old male, who spends my entire day sitting at a computer. I do my best to exercise three days a week in a weight room and I try to eat healthy. Thanks in advance if you get to this in time!

A: The recommended amount of sleep for someone at your age group is 7.5-8.5 hours a night. Great job exercising 3 days a week and trying to eat healthy! I hope this feedback helps!

Q: Do you have any tips for correcting jet lag, and preventing it? I always mess up my sleep schedule when I have nothing to do.

A: Make sure to bring goody bag filled with sleep tools on the plane ride, including: a sleep mask (the black mask that goes over your eyes), some moisturizer for your hands, decompression socks (the long, tight, tall socks that help blood circulation), comfortable shoes you can easily remove and some over the counter sleep medication, such as Melatonin or Tylenol PM.

Q: Is there any way to combat insomnia without taking medication?

A: If it is true insomnia, you can try to re-train yourself to sleep, but to my knowledge one of the few and most effective methods would be through medication or cognitive behavioral therapy. In some of my previous posts, I spoke in detail about a pre-sleep ritual as well as creating the ideal sleep environment. You may want to review those posts and try the tips discussed there, but if true insomnia, your family physician may be more qualified to provide feedback outside of medication.

If you find that you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up too early and/or not feeling like you haven’t sleep when you wake up, you may be experiencing insomnia. Please don’t hesitate to see a licensed physician to discuss any type of issue that keeps you from sleeping!

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