By Rose Wellness Center | 04/27/2020

Overcoming Insomnia During The Pandemic

Overcoming Insomnia During The Pandemic

At the best of times, sleep comes with a long list of health benefits: It reduces inflammation, stress, and the risk of depression; improves cognitive function; and helps the body repair itself and ward off illness. Right now, amid COVID-19, a good night's sleep has never been more important—but many people are struggling to get their eight hours. 

According to a recent reportthe use of anti-insomnia, anti-anxiety, and antidepressant medications have spiked, with filled prescriptions increasing by 21% between February and March 2020—that's after use decreased between 2015 and 2019. Those numbers peaked during the week of March 15—the same week the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and the US declared a national emergency in response to the crisis, per the report.

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder where a person is having difficulty staying asleep, falling asleep, or getting the proper amount of sleep. The amount of sleep a person needs varies; however, most need to have at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Although people may experience a sleepless night once in a while, it does not mean that they are suffering from insomnia. However, if a person experiences several sleepless nights, has trouble going to sleep often, or wakes up still feeling tired, they may be suffering from insomnia.

The relationship between stress and sleep issues is complex, but studies have shown that stress affects various neurotransmitters that impact the brain.  Click Here to watch our Integrative Nutritionist's tips on how you can overcome insomnia. She also discusses various health issues that could be the underlying cause of your insomnia, if it is chronic.

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