September 3, 2020 at 7:15 PM EDT Can’t sleep since the pandemic? There’s a name
September 3, 2020 at 7:15 PM EDT
Can’t sleep since the pandemic? There’s a name for it: ‘Coronasomnia’
Researchers are seeing signs the coronavirus is doing deep damage to people’s sleep.
“Coronasomnia,” as some experts now call it, could prove to have profound public-health ramifications — creating a massive new population of chronic insomniacs grappling with declines in productivity, shorter fuses and increased risks of hypertension, depression and other health problems.
It’s easy to see why people can’t sleep, experts say. The pandemic has heightened stress and upset routines. Bank accounts are strained and children are home.
Prescriptions for sleep medications jumped 15 percent between mid-February and mid-March in the United States. At the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, the number of patients complaining of insomnia has risen 20 to 30 percent, and more of them are children.
Web-based studies in China, France and Italy found insomnia or poor sleep in about 20 percent of respondents, particularly during pandemic-related shutdowns.
“The lack of sleep is just driving me crazy,” said Sara Tibebu,36, of Takoma Park, Md., who has tried bubble baths, music playlists, guided meditation videos and putting lavender-scented sachets inside her pillow. But every night, she has still found herself staring at the ceiling — wide-awake.