Don't let election stress ruin your sleep (here's what to do)

(CNN)Tossing and turning instead of sleeping? It was a nail-biter finish to the race for the presidency, as CNN projects that Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States. All that constant stress simmering just below the surface is bound to affect our ability to relax.

Add to that the daylight savings time change on November 2 -- yes, that happened this past week, not years, ago -- and there's a perfect storm of reasons to be suffering sleep deprivation.
"Historically, elections haven't been as stressful as they have been the last four to eight years," said clinical psychologist Vaile Wright, the senior director for health care innovation at the American Psychological Association.
    "It has to do in large part with how we consume information these days, in constant connection with social media and the 24-hour news cycle. It heightens our awareness and our hyper vigilance and it makes it really hard to disconnect."

      A national sleep deficit

      Wearable device tracker Oura crunched numbers from the "tens of thousands" of users and found that those Americans lost 138,833,045 hours of sleep on election night -- that's about 25 minutes of sleep on average for each person.
      Wake up, people: You're fooling yourself about sleep, study says