More Sleep For Some, And Less For Others
While there are some people who have been able to reap the benefits of their daily commute being reduced to the time it takes to pull on a pair of sweatpants and turn on the computer, there are a great many others who have not been so lucky. If you are struggling with sleep while in quarantine, you're not alone. Stress, anxiety, disrupted routine, and increased screen time are just a few of the factors contributing to the sleeplessness that is plaguing people around the world. A recent US survey of more than 2000 adults found that almost half (46%) reported having problems sleeping because of the pandemic. When Centre for Sleep's Dr. Samuels appeared on Alberta at Noon this week, one listener tweeted "I wake up at 2,3,4 am and feel the urge to check the news to see what has been happening".
Tips To Help You Sleep
In spite of these new challenges, there are steps you can take to get your sleep back on track. In Dr. Samuels' recent interview with CTV Calgary he provides some effective tools to combat COVID-related sleep disturbances and offers advice on what is best to avoid.
Seek Sleep Support If Needed
There has been a lot of focus on the importance of sleep health during COVID-19 because of the role it plays in maintaining a strong immune system and in promoting emotional and mental well-being. However, sleep health is always essential, with or without a global pandemic. If you are experiencing persistent sleep disturbances either prior to or because of COVID please speak with your doctor, or contact us here at the Centre. We are currently providing virtual visits so we are available to provide support to anyone across the province. Doctor referrals are not required, and appointments are covered by Alberta Health Services. Visit us here to book an appointment.