COVID-19 Stress Leading to Increased Insomnia

Nearly a quarter of employees are having problems sleeping at night, due to higher levels of stress during the pandemic. DrLullaby’s founder, Lisa Medalie, PsyD, DBSM contributes to this Adweek article, highlighting how insomnia hurts productivity. The ways Covid-19 is costing us a good night’s rest Lisa Medalie, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist at the University of Chicago, can innumerate at least six reasons why Americans are having a hard time sleeping during the Covid-19 era, ranging from fewer opportunities to exercise to more time spent staring at the blue-spectrum light from screens, which inhibits the body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin. But the most obvious culprit is stress. “Given the uncertainty alongside the pandemic—’When will this end? How will this impact my health, finances and well-being?’—stress and worry have exponentially increased,” Medalie said. “Even the calmest humans feel unsettled. With elevated stress and worry comes mind racing and anxiety symptoms, which can in turn keep people awake during their dedicated sleep hours.”