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Do you suffer from Covid-somnia? Here’s how to get back to sleep


Formerly a good sleeper, your nights have now been complicated for several months? You may be suffering from “Covid-somnia”. Since March 2020 and the first containment put in place to fight the global epidemic of Covid-19, many people have complained of sleeping troubles. Stress, change in lifestyle, financial worries, restricted social life, so many changes that can impact nights.

In the United States, nearly 56% of Americans have reported sleep disorders since the start of the pandemic. And 57% claim to have trouble falling asleep according to a survey commissioned by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In France, the troubles are also very present. Between September 28 and October 5, 2021, 70% of French people said they had had sleep problems. They were 61% at the start of the first confinement and (only) 49% in 2017.

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A hot bath and a good book

The American Academy has characterized insomnia as different from occasional difficulty falling asleep because it causes both trouble sleeping and daytime problems like fatigue and irritability. To find peaceful nights, specialists recommend maintain one’s habits and her sleep routine. To do this, get up at a reasonable time, sleep seven hours a night and always go to bed at the same time.

The experts also point out the importance of reduce time spent in front of screens and turning off all electronic devices at least thirty minutes before going to bed. Also remember to turn down the heating and to take a hot bath shortly before you go to bed. Immerse yourself in a good book instead of turning on the television. Finally, if the sleep disorders persist, do not hesitate to speak to a health professional.

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