Covid-19 Anxiety and its Effects on Sleep

Posted by Lara Rintoul on

Have you been losing sleep? Sleeping too much?

Naturally, it is more difficult to catch a good night’s sleep when you are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety. During this time of uncertainty and worry, the Covid-19 pandemic may be affecting your sleep schedule.

If you are finding that it is more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, you could be experiencing insomnia. Stress is the number one cause of insomnia and it is no doubt that everyone is dealing with loads of stress at this time. Different lifestyle adjustments such as children out of school, working from home, or facing unemployment may also alter your usual sleep schedule. These activities can change your regular bedtimes, waking times, or nap times which can affect the amount of sleep you are getting.

On the other hand, if you find that you are sleeping more often than usual, it could be due to other underlying issues. Usually, sleep experts suggest eight to nine hours of sleep per night. If you find that you or someone you know is sleeping well over nine hours throughout the day should consider seeking metal health assistance. With the anxiety Covid-19 brings, other psychiatric issues such as depression could be triggered. Although it may not seem harmful, experts say that too much sleep for a prolonged amount of time can lead to heart disease, stroke, and increased risk of diabetes. 

Here are some tips on how to improve your sleep schedule during these times…

  • Try to set a sleep schedule or routine. Consistency is key to healthy sleeping habits.
  • Limit screen time. Especially before you go to bed. The media these days can be heavy, while staying informed is important, try not to crowd your brain with information overload.
  • Stay active. Regular physical activity can help reduce stress and tire out your body for a deeper sleep.
  • Take power naps. If you find you aren’t sleeping enough during the night, a quick 10-20 minute nap during the day can help boost energy.

Visit CanSleep Services for more information and to speak to a sleep therapist. 

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