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  • Dr Himanshu Arora

Coronasomnia -A Pandemic within a pandemic


What do you mean by Coronasomnia?


Coronasomnia is characterized by an increase in sleep problems as well as symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress during the pandemic. While insomnia is frequently associated with anxiety and depression, coronasomnia differs from traditional insomnia because it is associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Introduction


As we continue to navigate the intricacies of the current covid pandemic and our newfound lifestyle, it is only natural to worry while experiencing uncertainty and a loss of control. In addition to any direct effects of Covid-19 on people's health indirect effects like the perception of confinement (due to lockdown restrictions) economic hardships (due to impact on jobs and businesses), loss of immediate family or friends (impact of grief), etc. affected health and wellbeing of people. One of the important indirect effects found in every population during 4 and after the covid pandemic wave is sleep disturbance. Around four in ten people have reported trouble sleeping during the pandemic. Traumatic events experienced during COVID-19 have caused stress levels to skyrocket and sleep hours to plummet Since sleep disturbances were so common that factors leading up to them were combined to create a mnemonic "FED-UP" in a study. (Financial stress, Emotional stress, Distance from others (social distancing), Unpredictability, Professional concerns) Digital technology has also acted as a double edge sword in covid 6 pandemic-induced sleep disturbances. On one end it has helped 9cushion disruption to school education or office work all the while increasing dependence on digital devices causing screen timings to soar. As humans function through an internal clock (circadian 2 rhythms); disruption of a routine and less or no exposure to sunlight has also triggered sleep disturbances. After going through many pieces of research, we came across the term 'Coronasomnia' defined as sleep disturbance in this pandemic which is considered very differently from regular insomnia


Solutions for Getting a Better Sleep During COVID-19


1. Try to make a regular sleep schedule

2. Avoid daytime and long naps

3. Try to get a daily dose of sunlight

4. Make your bedroom suitable for sleep

5. Minimize alcohol and tobacco consumption

6. Limit your caffeine intake

7. Take your meals at proper times and intervals

8. Establish a proper daily routine

9. Exercise daily

10. Keep yourself away from anxiety-provoking news


Reference


https://www.worldwidejournals.com/international-journal-of-scientific-research-(IJSR)/fileview/coronasomnia-a-pandemic-within-the-pandemic_February_2022_4077291526_5202323.pdf


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