Besides acute insomnia, the Coronavirus pandemic has a hefty share of responsibility for a huge uptick in depression and depression related ailments. Just like its evil companion, “Coronavirus insomnia”, “Coronavirus Depression” has skyrocketed and is affecting even people who would have never dreamed this could happen to them. With new variants springing up like little Greek gods of war and chaos, we are all left wondering when this grievous COVID-19 nightmare will end. Uncertainty and confusion can breed stress, distress, despair…and eventually depression in many. Depression is defined by the Oxford language dictionary as “feelings of severe despondency and dejection” or “a long and severe recession in an economy or market”. Both are extremely applicable to the collateral damage caused by the Coronavirus pandemic saga…it seems only a matter of time that an impending cyclical recession is upon us–many countries are already there.
If you are suffering from insomnia and/or anxiety you are not alone. More and more people are finding it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep under the stress of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Coronavirus insomnia is a very real phenomenon that will only get worse if we do not recognize the critical role of good sleep hygiene (quantity and quality) to our overall mental health and wellness.