Coronasomnia: A Sleep Problem Pandemic Within the Pandemic
written by/ April 16, 2021
Let’s face it — you don’t have to be on the “first line of defense“ to feel tired of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a part of the 40% that find it difficult to unwind and get quality sleep during this period, you should add coronasomnia to your dictionary.
Coronasomnia describes insomnia and other sleeping disturbances indirectly caused by the coronavirus pandemic (not the infection). There are several root causes of coronasomnia; let’s take a look at some of them:
Chronic Stress and Anxiety
The uncertainty is a powerful anxiety generator, notably:
- The fear of getting infected
- Concerns for the health of our loved ones
- Financial worries
- Constant listening to bad news
Change of Habits
Working from home and sitting throughout lockdowns takes away the routine in our daily activities, messing up our sleep-wake cycle along the way. Contributing factors include:
- Working from home
- Homeschooling children
- Lack of exercise
- Change in eating habits
Socializing Over the Internet
Not being able to hang out with friends moved most of our social activities online. But exposing ourselves to the blue light of the screens before going to bed diminishes sleep quality and quantity.
Social isolation is against human nature, and in many, it causes feelings of loneliness, sadness, and hopelessness.
But it doesn’t stop there! Losing someone to COVID-19 is the worst-case scenario when it comes to the pandemic.
In an attempt to cope with corona-induced stress, people use more alcohol, drugs, nicotine, or other substances that have adverse effects on sleep.
So, how can coronasomniacs get a good night’s sleep?