It’s no surprise many patients have reported an upswing in sleep issues since early March. Between the stress of the pandemic for those locked down at home to the heroes out on the front lines working everyday, the world has been in a state of anxiety for months. A recent Harvard study reported that more than two thirds of physicians have been sleepless during this pandemic.
Insomnia is a sleeping condition which makes it hard for one to fall asleep or stay asleep, a condition that Harvard specialists estimate 30-35% of the population deals with during just normal times, but has affected even more people as well as affecting some more intensely during this Covid-19 pandemic.
Anti-insomnia medication prescriptions spiked during the time that Covid-19 was announced to be an international pandemic, according to a report by Express Scripts. The world is going through the most unprecedented state it has ever been in during this century, and with so much unknown about the future and the intense change to our day to day lives, anxiety levels are at an all time high. This can make it hard to relax and fall asleep as there is so much to wonder and worry going through everyone’s minds.
Sleepless nights are common for everyone at some point in their lives. However, there is a line where experiencing these sleepless nights is not normal and could lead to worsening effects on your daily life and mental health. So how can you tell if what you’re experiencing is normal or needs to be evaluated by a psychiatric professional? Chronic insomnia is seen through the following symptoms:
- Trouble falling asleep
- Failure to sleep through the night
- Waking up earlier than usual
- Daytime sleepiness
- Reduced ability to concentrate
Chronic insomnia is a condition that Oasis Annapolis can treat to prevent this condition from having worsening effects. If left untreated, those sleepless nights can cause a strain on one’s personal and professional relationships as well as lead to an overall poor quality of life, according to Medscape. If you believe that you may be experiencing chronic insomnia, request an appointment with one of our providers today.