Several people in the U.S. have been complaining of sleeping issues since the pandemic. Last year, there was a 20% increase in sleep prescriptions. So, what causes the coronasomnia? Here are causes for insomnia during the pandemic period.
1. Chronic Stress
Last year was a stressful year for all the people around the globe. Stress can affect a person’s sleep. It causes your blood pressure and heart rate to increase, thereby, putting your system into fight/flight. When you have increased production of cortisol (stress hormone) in your body, you will find it hard to fall asleep.
2. Changes in Lifestyle
Aside from stress, lifestyle changes can affect sleep cycles as well. For example, inconsistent schedules, work loss, homeschooling, and increased screen time, all of these can impact your sleep negatively.
3. Increased Screen Time
Since the pandemic, research has shown an increase in screen time associated with sleeping problems. Sadly, even before that, studies have shown about a third of the American population was deprived of sleep.
Additionally, more kids have become fastened to their gadgets during the morning, and more grown-ups scroll for public updates and show to de-stress.
If you are struggling with exhaustion or insomnia due to lifestyle changes, get advice from a doctor.