The Verywell Mind Podcast The Sleep Fix With ABC News Anchor and Former Insomniac Diane Macedo By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Updated on January 23, 2023 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Meet Diane Macedo Why Diane Macedo Is Mentally Strong What You’ll Hear on the Show What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength Quotes From Diane More About the Podcast Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life. Subscribe Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Meet Diane Macedo Diane Macedo is an Emmy Award-Winning journalist who works as an anchor and correspondent for ABC News. She often appears on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and World News Now. She’s also the author of "Sleep Fix," a book that describes how she overcame insomnia. By reading countless studies and interviewing many experts, Diane discovered strategies that helped her get better quality sleep. Now, she’s sharing those strategies to help other people learn how to fix their sleep problems, too. What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)? Why Diane Macedo Is Mentally Strong Diane isn’t an expert on sleep. But she has become an expert on knowing what helps her sleep better. She’s not only willing to share her struggles with others, but she’s also sharing solutions. She makes it clear that anyone can have trouble sleeping. It’s not a sign of weakness and it doesn’t necessarily indicate an underlying mental health issue. Sometimes, it’s our misconceptions about sleep that are at the root of the problem. She shares what she learned about sleep in hopes of helping other people fix their sleep problems, too. What You’ll Hear on the Show How Diane went from sleeping three hours a night to getting six and half hours of sleep The biggest misconceptions people have about sleep and how believing those misconceptions keep people awake How your bed might become associated with staying awake and worrying The journaling strategy that helped Diane learn to shut off her brain when she went to bed Realistic screen time strategies that can help you unwind for bed The one little trick that reduced Diane’s screen time by 42% in one week Why drinking alcohol before bed doesn’t really help you sleep better How to know if you’re getting enough sleep What you should know about your body’s natural circadian rhythms and what you can do if you work overnight hours How exercise can help you sleep better Reasons You're Not Sleeping Well What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength Sleep and mental health is a two-way street. Getting better quality sleep can improve your mental health. And improving your mental health might improve your sleep. There are always different strategies you can try to address your sleep if you’re tired during the day. And you won’t know what is going to work for you until you try. Getting quality sleep can help you feel mentally stronger. And when you’re well-rested, it’s easier to keep doing things that help you build even more mental strength. Effects of Lack of Sleep on Mental Health Quotes From Diane Diane Macedo People are walking around severely sleep-deprived, but they think that they are doing just fine because, in their minds, they're getting the recommended eight hours of sleep. — Diane Macedo "The more time we spend awake and worrying in bed, the more our brain starts to form an association.""If your bedtime routine always ends with you awake and frustrated in bed, then those things then become a cue to be awake and frustrated." Why Can't I Sleep? More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Download the Transcript Links and Resources Check out The Sleep Fix Follow Diane on Instagram: @DianeMacedo If You Liked This Episode, You Might Also Like These Episodes How to Sleep Better Tonight With Sleep Expert Dr. Chris Winter Friday Fix: How to Break Free From Unhealthy Patterns How to ‘Get Through This Night’ With YouTube Sensation Daniel Howell Ask a Therapist: What Can I Do to Sleep Better and Feel Less Stressed? By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.