A recent article in Neurology Today gives us some disturbing food for thought. Sleep neurologists are reporting increased sleep disturbances and the misuse of sleep medications in people recovering from COVID-19, and by people whose lives have been plagued by the climate of fear and social isolation that the pandemic has brought. The new buzzword? "COVID-Somnia."
Rachel Marie E. Salas, MD, FAAN, associate professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep said “All our patients are suffering from shifts in their sleep patterns due to their fears about getting the virus, concerns about loved ones, not being able to go to work, not having social contact with others. Some of them now meet the diagnostic criteria for chronic insomnia: not being able to fall asleep within 30 minutes more than three times a week for more than three months. They get into bed, the brain kicks in, they start worrying if they're going to lose their job, if their family member is going to survive, and they literally cannot fall asleep.”
This is definitely not good. We all know that loss/lack of sleep affects us in many ways; from an overall underperformance of our immune system to low mood and poor concentration.
Given that we are now spending significantly more time indoors, not venturing outside as often to commute to work or take part in other outdoor activities, and increasing our exposure to blue light emitting devices throughout the day and evening, we need to do all we can to promote restful sleep.
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