Sleep Disturbance / Insomnia
Many people report sleep disturbances in their COVID-19 recovery period and these sleep deficits have an impact on your physical and mental quality of life. When you’re ill, your immune system’s response to an infection can profoundly affect your sleep. Likewise, getting adequate, good-quality sleep is crucial for your immune system to work at its best.
There are several possible causes:
- The physical symptoms of Post-COVID can cause a disturbance.
- Mental health symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and stress can contribute to insomnia and related sleep issues.
- The immune system is still not functioning normally and, when your body is dealing with chronic inflammation, your sleep can be affected.
What does sleep disturbance/ insomnia look like in everyday life?
Many people recovering from COVID-19 notice that their sleep has changed when compared to their sleep before they were sick. Poor sleep can happen for a variety of reasons and some people find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, while others find that they wake up earlier than usual and can’t get back to sleep. You may wake up feeling unrefreshed or like you haven’t slept at all.
Prioritize getting good sleep.
Getting enough sleep is crucial to any recovery and sleep can improve your mental health, help you recover from illness in general, and reduce inflammation in the body. “Sleep hygiene” is the name given to a set of practices designed to help you prepare for sleep.
Things to consider:
- Do you have a bedtime routine?
- Are you giving yourself ample opportunity to sleep?
- Think about your sleep space: is it quiet, dark, relaxing and at a comfortable temperature?
When should I speak to a
We know that not sleeping well can impact your quality of life. If none of the above strategies seem to help, speak to a healthcare professional experienced in Post-COVID to discuss further options and management strategies.