Insomnia Surge During Lockdowns

A study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has found that there was a serious surge in online search queries for ‘insomnia’ during the lockdowns. Results show there was an increase of 58% compared with the same period from the previous three years. Says lead author Kirsi-Marja Zitting, “Based on our findings as well as those from survey studies, a lot of people were having trouble sleeping during the first months of the pandemic.” She adds, “While acute insomnia, typically triggered by stress or a traumatic event, will often go away on its own, I am worried that the longer the pandemic drags on, the greater the number of people who go on to develop chronic insomnia.”

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