Increased worrying is expected during these uncertain times, but what about when it starts to affect our daily lives and impact our sleep? The new term ‘Coronasomnia’ is being used by experts to describe sleeping disorders caused by the global Pandemic, which is rapidly increasing every day.
What is Coronasomnia?
The term ‘CoronaSomnia’ or ‘Covid-Somnia’ means to suffer from a sleep disorder, such as Insomnia, due to the worries and effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic. This is due to multiple reasons, from a change in our daily routines to increased concerns over our health of ourselves and our loved ones, along with job and finance anxieties.
‘It is common for a spike in sleeping problems during distressing events, whether it be a global crisis or an individual issue. says Dr. Steven Altchuler, a psychiatrist and neurologist who specialises in sleep medicine at the Mayo Clinic.
How can I help myself?
Remembering that you’re not alone in this situation is important since this is something that is affecting people all over the world. “The last time there was this kind of event was over 100 years ago,” says Angela Drake, a clinical health professor at the University of California says: “This is not anything any of us have ever experienced before.”
Seeking help as soon as possible is recommended by the experts to prevent sleep problems from escalating and becoming a chronic sleep disorder such as Insomnia.
Another tip for helping with sleep problems is to practice good sleep hygiene. Avoid technology in bed is key. “One of my big rules is you can’t work on your laptop in bed,” says Angela Drake, a clinical health professor at the University of California. “Eventually, the brain pairs work with the bed – it’s a reinforcement kind of thing.”
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