COVID-19 worsens sleep patterns for 28% of people, and recovery does not guarantee improved sleep due to ongoing inflammation, respiratory issues, and sleep apnea. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the sleep patterns of Indian citizens, according to a recent study by LocalCircles.
Over 39,000 respondents across 309 districts in India participated in the study, which found that 55% of those surveyed are getting less than 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. This percentage has increased from 50% in 2022, despite the Omicron variant being less severe than its predecessors.
What factors affect our sleep? The study also revealed that interruptions during sleep time are common, with 61% of respondents experiencing interruptions due to the need to use the washroom. Other factors that contribute to sleep interruptions include going to bed late, scheduled/household activities in the early morning, medical conditions such as sleep apnea, interruptions from children or parents, mobile phone-related interruptions, uncomfortable beds/mattresses, and unspecified interruptions.
How thee virus can affect our sleep pattern? Interestingly, the study found that 28% of those surveyed reported a deterioration in their sleep pattern since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. New studies suggest that even after recovery from COVID-19, individuals may continue to face difficulty sleeping, regardless of whether they had a mild, moderate, or severe case of the virus.
This may explain some of the sleep-related disruptions, particularly those related to sleep apnea and other unknown factors. Furthermore, while 59% of respondents reported no change in the quality of their sleep since the COVID-19 pandemic, 7% said their