For Many, It’s Harder to Sleep Since the Pandemic Started

Stress and schedule changes are making it harder for people to sleep during the pandemic, according to The Wall Street Journal. “I’m not in a routine plus I’m not moving around as much, and there’s the stress of all my to-do lists,” says one first-grade teacher. A survey of around 1,600 people from 60 countries presented information which shows 46 percent of respondents reported poor sleep during the coronavirus pandemic. Forty percent also reported higher alcohol intake. However 42 percent also said they were getting better sleep, typically college kids and night owls. Sales of melatonin, a natural sleep aid, have been up 44 percent in the period from late February to April. “The biggest problem has been staying asleep,” says psychiatrist professor Philip Muskin “People aren’t exercising, their days have no structure at all.” Experts recommendations include a consistent schedule, exercise, not working in the bedroom, avoiding alcohol and staying off electronics for about an hour before bed.