Coronasomnia: COVID-19 and How It Affects Our Nightly Z's
COVID-19 drastically affected people. Learn about the science of sleep and get advice on how to get a good night's sleep.
More than a year has passed, but the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is still affecting people and governments globally in several aspects. Millions have lost their jobs and livelihood, and governments have to provide aid to displaced workers. Teachers and students can't go back to physical schools due to stay-at-home policies.
There's also the health aspect, which remains the most significant impact brought about by the pandemic. The number of COVID-19 patients and fatalities continues to go up and down even though vaccinations have started. And although you may be lucky to remain uninfected, you find yourself getting fewer hours of sleep.
Having coronasomnia, a portmanteau of the terms "coronavirus" and "insomnia," signifies that you may be suffering from anxiety because of all the negative things around you.
Perhaps you're worried that someone in your family may get sick with the virus, or maybe you're afraid about your job security. What if your company folds due to financial losses? If you're the family's breadwinner, the prospect of losing a regular income is enough to cause feelings of panic.
Being cooped up at home for several weeks or months can also affect your mood or mental health, so you find it more difficult to sleep every night.
Prolonged screen time is another factor that may be contributing to your erratic sleep patterns. You may be feeling a constant need to check social media; either you want to stay updated on COVID-19 news or amuse or entertain yourself with fun content that people are sharing to lighten up the sad atmosphere we're all facing.
If it helps at all, difficulty in sleeping is a normal body response when you're going through uncertainties or difficult life stages. Then again, lack of sleep isn't healthy, especially if it continues for an extended period.
With that said, here's an infographic with tips to help you combat sleeplessness during a crisis.
Gladine is a consultant at Mediclick PH — a one-stop online shop for healthcare needs.