Sleep during the pandemic is an issue that seems to be much discussed. Given the constant inflow of bad news regarding the coronavirus pandemic, it is no wonder that many people sleep problems at night. There have been countless articles about how important sleep is to your health during this pandemic.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine in January showed a worldwide increase in sleep problems when the pandemic shut down communities, with 58 percent of participants feeling unhappy with their sleep.
A SleepHELP.org survey of 1,000 people found that 22 percent of respondents had poor quality sleep during the pandemic, and a third said their sleep problems were due to reporting they were consuming. And, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, 36% of Americans reported having difficulty sleeping during the summer due to stress from the coronavirus. Although people slept poorly before the pandemic, data from recent studies suggest that the quality of their sleep has declined.
GPs and sleep specialists say many people who feel sadness, frustration and fear about the pandemic, financial concerns, racism, and unrest in the USA are finding they can sleep poorly. While some data show that Americans get more sleep because of a lack of morning commutes, other studies show that uncertain times can increase insomnia in the population by up to 20 percent.
The pandemic and lifestyle changes are also a factor, but it is not just chronic stress that affects sleep cycles. Many of us experience new work situations from home, she says, and people have other hours to sleep. People also had to contend with conflicting schedules, school children, job losses, financial impact and increased screen time, all of which can contribute to sleep deprivation.
If you have sleep problems due to COVID-19, there are concrete steps you can take to improve your sleep during a global pandemic. It’s time to ensure that you stick to good sleep hygiene whether you’re trying to exercise, manage your anxiety, adjust your schedule or wake up in the middle of the night.
Max Kirsten, Hypnotherapist and sleep coach, advises you to create the right conditions for good sleep such as making sure the room in which you sleep is dark and cool, to rid yourself of screen time and work-related thoughts before bedtime and to make sleep a priority in your life. Kirsten adds that many of the bad habits that people in the pandemic – such as increased time they spend on phones and tablets – have a devastating effect on sleep patterns.
In addition to increased general levels of stress and anxiety, the increase in sleep problems may also be due to other factors caused by the coronavirus pandemic, such as forced changes in daily routines and social life.
It’s important to do something to release stress or relax, when you and your family trapped at home. A funny family game will bring laughter and take away shadow.