Millions of people who used to sleep peacefully are struggling to catch sleep after the epidemic. This deadly pandemic called Covid-19 has dangerously affected every activities of our life. Our social interactions at every level have been cut suddenly and we were forced to sit at home. We started finding difficulty in doing our daily chores without stepping out of homes. Apart from all these, the fear of being caught by the disease and the difficulty in isolating ourselves from outside people are the major challenges. We were forced to stop or rearrange all our normal activities. Government introduced many guidelines and precautions like face mask, sanitizer and social distancing to keep ourselves safe from the virus. We were completely restricted from traveling.
All the news and social media started campaigns and awareness programs for the public to help them coping up with the new situation. This scenario escalated stress and anxiety in everyone which have direct impact on our sleep. The corona virus has different effects of different people. However, the economic, mental, and emotional implications have spread far and wide, posing enormous sleep hurdles. We have even a new word “Coronasomnia” which denotes the sleep difficulties caused by the epidemic.
Changing patterns of daily life
People of all ages and walks of life experience substantial changes in their typical routines as a result of social isolation, school closures, quarantines, and working from home. It can be challenging to adjust to a new daily schedule, or the absence thereof. Without normal time “anchors” like dropping kids off at school, arriving at the office, attending frequent social activities, or heading to the gym, keeping track of the time, and even the day, can be difficult. People tend to oversleep due to the lack of this schedule. This makes them groggy, irritable and unfocussed throughout the day.
Mental health problems
This pandemic situation makes a lot of people worried and stressed. Many people are afraid of contracting the corona virus because they don’t want to get sick or infect others. Most people have close friends and family members who are older or who are in high-risk groups due to pre-existing conditions. This situation causes them to be concerned about their mental health and safety. If someone gets affected by the virus, naturally they have to be isolated. This also may create anxiety leading to depression. Economic concerns are another cause of worry. When we see many people losing their jobs, business collapses, it’s natural to get tensed about income and savings. The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health, which can cause sleep disturbances.
Family and work stress
Covid-19 has put a lot of families under big stress. Cancelled tours, separation from friends, and an inordinate amount of time spent at home may put anyone under stress. Keeping up with work-from-home duties or managing a home full of children, who used to go to school, can be difficult. This situation creates stress and disagreements; both are found to be sleep deprivation factors.
Lack of socialization and excess screen time
Social isolation can lead to a significant increase in screen usage, whether it is using social media platforms, checking the news on your phone, attending a Zoom with relatives or friends, watching Netflix or taking extra hours looking at a computer while working from home. Excessive screen use, particularly later in the evening might badly affect our sleep. Not only does blue light from screens stimulate the brain making it difficult to unwind, but it can also block the body’s natural synthesis of melatonin, a hormone that aids sleep.
Chronic stress caused by living amidst pandemic can cause a variety of medical symptoms, including headaches, memory lapses and digestive issues. Another typical side effect is stress-related lethargy. Even if you get enough sleep at night, exhaustion may make you drowsy and unmotivated in the morning.
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