COVID-19 has provided us with numerous reasons to be concerned. Here's another example: More people than ever are suffering from severe sleep deprivation as a result of the pandemic and stress. It's known as "coronasomnia." It's very real and very common.
A recent study conducted revealed "very high rates of clinically significant insomnia” along with more acute stress, anxiety, and depression during the pandemic. No one is surprised by this. As who hasn't had a few sleepless nights recently? Or a lot of sleepless nights? And who hasn't felt stressed by jumbled lives and health restrictions that seem to have no end in sight?
Even before the pandemic, medical experts were already concerned about rising rates of insomnia and its consequences on physical and emotional health. With COVID-19 stress, significant changes in routines, and decreased activity for many people, medical experts believe the coronavirus has caused the second pandemic of insomnia.
Coronasomnia is exacerbated by disrupted routines
As if COVID fatigue and anxiety weren't enough, there's another cause of coronasomnia: Our normal routines have been shattered. On the one hand, our lives have become overly routine. We can hardly leave the house. We don't go to movies, restaurants, bars and pubs, or any of the other places where we could meet new people. As humans, we require stimulation. We require some variety in our activities. When our lives become so routine, a lack of stimulation and activities contributes to poor sleep.
On the other hand, many people who work from home have strayed from their normal daily routines, which has an impact on their sleep. We're supposed to be awake during the day and asleep at night, but many people work and sleep at odd hours after the pandemic. Their circadian rhythms are thrown off. Every cell in your body is regulated by the body's "internal clock". They have an impact on your eating, digestion, immune response, and sleep. When the master clock is disrupted, everything else starts to fail.
Coronasomnia is a series of vicious circles
Insomnia is self-perpetuating. The more you can't sleep, the more you worry about it, and the less sleep you get. In fact, COVID-19-related insomnia is formed in an interconnected vicious circle:
Many of the things we do to combat insomnia, such as taking a nap during the day or drinking an extra glass of wine, actually worsen our sleep problems and disrupt our routines.
COVID-19 has worn us all out. When you add exhaustion from lack of sleep, every new annoyance, no matter how minor, causes frustration and anxiety – and further disruption to sleep.
Sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, which can cause issues such as reflux, which keeps you awake.
Sleep deprivation has a variety of health consequences, ranging from depression to high blood pressure to an increased chance of heart attack or stroke. These factors can make us more prone to COVID-19, which causes increased anxiety and insomnia.
Follow these tips for a more restful night
There are several things that individuals can accomplish on their own. It all starts with adopting actions to combat COVID fatigue's stress. Here are some sleep tips:
Maintain a regular daily schedule: If you're working from home, keep the same schedule you would if you were going to work. Don't go to bed early or stay up late. Get up when that alarm goes off, no matter how unpleasant it is. Also, just as you would at the office, take a break during the day. Take a break for lunch, go for a stroll, or simply get outside.
Create and stick to a bedtime routine: At the end of the day, slow down. About a half-hour before bedtime, start dimming the lights. The production of natural melatonin is inhibited by bright lights (a hormone that is part of our natural sleep cycle and helps us sleep).
Avoid using devices in bed: Blue light from phones, tablets, and computers tells our bodies to stay awake and stop producing melatonin. It's difficult, but please turn off your electronics. Reading a book is preferable to watching TV.
Do not use your bedroom, particularly your bed, as an office: You want to train your brain that here is where you rest. You don't want it to say, 'This is your workplace.'
Get some exercise during the day: It helps to relieve stress and maintain our bodies natural rhythms. It's ideal to do the exercise a few hours before bedtime to allow your body to cool down and relax.
Get some sunlight: It aids in the maintenance of our circadian rhythms, allowing us to manufacture melatonin at night rather than during the day.
If you can't sleep and wake up in the middle of the night, get out of bed: While a change of environment can help you reset, keep the lights low and avoid doing anything that would invigorate you. Get up and leave the bedroom if you can't sleep for more than a half-hour. In the dull light, do something easy and monotonous.
Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine, as both disrupt your sleep patterns: While alcohol can help you fall asleep, it does not guarantee that you will stay asleep or sleep well. "Not all sleep is created equal". We want to get the right amount of sleep.
Sleep medicine should be used with caution: over-the-counter sleep aids such as some flu medication can cause restless sleep or drowsiness in the morning, and prescription drugs can lead to emotional dependency. Some over-the-counter supplements can help to relieve sleep disturbance problems.
Too often, people do not consider insomnia to be a medical issue, despite the fact that it is making them miserable. It is frequently overlooked, despite the fact that a lack of adequate sleep might result in increased health risks. Chronic sleep deprivation can weaken your body's defences and make you more susceptible to illness, especially in the midst of the current pandemic.