Can COVID Cause Insomnia?
Have you noticed some issues sleeping since COVID started? Do you find yourself turning and tossing at night, having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? Maybe, for the first time, you suddenly suffer from insomnia, though you had slept soundly up until now?
You are not alone. Coronasomnia is an actual thing and you are not the only one suffering from sleep issues during COVID.
We interview Dr. Siebern from Proper, and he told us what Coronasomnia is, how it happens, and how you can combat it and regain a grip on quality sleep.
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What Is Coronasomnia”?
Why Does Coronasomnia Happen?
What Can People Do To Combat It?
In general, how do you think this pandemic has affected the quality of our sleep and our ability to both fall asleep and stay asleep? How do you think prolonged periods of stress tend to mess with our sleep cycles?
With the overall collective stress increase during the pandemic, there has been an impact on people’s sleep latency, and/or the time it takes to fall asleep, as well as the ability to stay asleep. When our sympathetic system is in overdrive, it can override the sense of sleepiness or break through the night’s sleep.
Increased stress can lead to a disrupted quality of sleep as that hyperarousal may be just humming underneath the surface. The stimulus is not enough to disrupt falling asleep or staying asleep, but individuals may recognize they don’t feel rested or refreshed upon awakening.
Over time, a consistent disruption in sleep related to increased stress can actually continue to affect someone even after their stress level goes back down. The prolonged time to fall asleep or difficulties staying asleep become reinforced and the body gets used to it. This means that even after the pandemic passes and we get back to some normalcy, some people may find their sleep is still disrupted.
A Note From Laura - Combatting Coronasomnia
I love that Dr. Siebern mentioned using Proper to quiet the mind and sleep better at night. Did you know that we reviewed the Proper products and loved them so much that I personally use them during stressful times? I even gifted a Discovery Pack to my mom who is a life-long insomniac and she loves them too!
Proper uses natural ingredients in its formulations and has several products helping with a range of goals from improved clarity, immunity, and sleep. They offer natural formulations with, and without, hemp.