• Jonathan Shiek

What is Coronasomnia and How Does it Affect You?

Do you feel as though you are unable to sleep, work or function properly despite getting ‘sufficient’ sleep? Perhaps you feel constantly lethargic and tired regardless of the amount of caffeine you consume. Well sleep experts has dubbed this new phenomenon Coronasomnia.

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So what is Coronasomnia? It is actually a sleep disorder similar to insomnia where individuals with the disorder find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, though the major difference being those inflicted with Coronasomnia are unable to fall asleep due to the pandemic lifestyle.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, numerous people have been facing sleep disturbances and thus pharmacies has recorded over 20% more sleep prescriptions. So why are we having trouble sleeping?

Chronic stress is actually to blame. Considering the events that transpired last year, it is very likely that all of us are at a state of heavy stress as we have to deal with the fear of losing our jobs, the economic state of the country and so on.

The shift in lifestyle can also attribute to our chronic stress. Now that we have to work from home – where we are actually supposed to get ample rest and relaxation, this could actually lead to further stress resulting in your loss of sleep.

According to behavioral sleep medicine provider Lisa Medalie, PsyD, stress can have a negative impact on sleep and that when people are sleep deprived due to stress, they are more likely to modulate their thoughts and emotions which contributes to further stress (what a vicious cycle).

For those of you who can’t seem to stop binging and streaming into the wee hours of the morning, you might want to take note on this next part. According to Medalie, the blue light that emits from your devices tells our brains to stop producing melatonin which in turn prevents you from sleeping at all. So staring at a screen before bed can be one of the worst things to do when trying to achieve healthy sleep.

Though I do understand that we do search for binge-worthy shows to take their minds off pandemic stress but it should still be done in moderation. Try to substitute your screen time with something a little more productive perhaps, like a quick work-out or gardening.


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