Here’s what you need to know about ‘Coronasomnia’
Over a year has passed since the onset of the novel coronavirus. While we have come a long way, there is still a sense of chaos and panic looming over our heads. Not only has COVID-19 disrupted the lives of many, but it continues to impact the mental health and well being of people. Whether it’s the fear of contracting the virus or dealing with the associated symptoms, the anxiety and the stress knows no bounds. That said, the pandemic has impacted our sleep cycles and left a great dent in our day to day activities.
What is Coronasomnia? Impact of the pandemic on our sleep
Coronasomnia as the word suggests describes the issues of insomnia and other sleep problems experienced by many people due to the novel coronavirus. Considering the fact that the pandemic has introduced us to a new way of life and triggered a lot of stress and anxiety, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, about 40% of people reported experiencing sleep troubles as a result of the pandemic.
Causes of Coronasomnia
Many things have led to ‘Coronasomnia’ in people. While much has to do with the fear and the insecurity people feel in tackling the COVID-19 infections, there’s a lot of pressure that comes with the need to protect our loved ones and family. Apart from that, the depleting levels of social interactions, the isolation and the fear, all sum up to causing a strain on the mind and lead to various sleep-related problems
Lifestyle changes due to the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an immense change to our way of living. It has hampered our daily schedule, eating habits, work environment and taken a toll on our mental stability. While social distancing and quarantining have become a norm in today’s world, the ability to keep ourselves afloat and mindful has faded away in the recent past, hence contributing to sleep deprivation and insomnia in a lot of people.
Stress and Anxiety
This pandemic has been trying and taxing for all of us. As much as we try and overlook the dangers, we are clouded by another set of challenges with regard to the same. Whether it’s tackling the COVID crisis on the frontline or just surviving this pandemic as a common individual, a lot of thinking and planning goes into it, leading to a series of stressful episodes.
Scientific reports suggest that stress can cause the production of certain hormones – adrenaline and cortisol – that can make it all the more challenging to sleep and relax.
How to cope?
Experts suggest dealing with anxiety and stress with the help of yoga or meditation. During such a critical time, it is important that we focus on our mental health and try to ease the mental stressors that can cause a more grievous problem in the future.
Maintaining a regular routine and switching to a healthy lifestyle can help reduce and manage stress levels. Plan and strategize your day and work towards establishing a normalcy in and outside the family realm.