As the “crown closure” overlaps with tropical nights, more and more people are complaining of insomnia. Experts stress the importance of sleep management, saying that prolonged insomnia can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure and depression.
The crown increases anxiety and worsens insomnia
It can cause high blood pressure, depression, dementia, etc.
Exercise regularly during the day and rest before bed
“Crown Sumnia” can not sleep due to increased anxiety due to Crown
Indian Express reported on the 29th (local time) that people who have been confined to their homes for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic suffer from Crown + Insomnia (crown insomnia). Corona Sumnia is a symptom of not being able to fall asleep easily due to emotional changes caused by prolonged exposure to the fear of becoming infected with COVID-19, financial difficulties due to reduced income, and worries about losing a job.
Last year, the Washington Post also published an article on Coronasomnia. Short-term insomnia is induced after crises such as natural disasters or terrorism, and as unprecedented epidemics such as COVID-19 lengthen, the number of patients with chronic insomnia increases, much more difficult to treat. According to Express Scripts, the largest insurance drug management (PBM) company in the United States, sleeping pill prescriptions increased 15% between February and March last year, when the coronavirus began to really spread. The UCLA Sleep Disorders Center increased the number of patients with insomnia by 20-30%, especially in children with insomnia.
Three pillars to protect health … Sleep, exercise, diet
Korea also overlapped with tropical nights. Tropical night is a phenomenon in which the minimum temperature remains above 25 ℃ from 6 pm the day before to 9 am the next day. Recently, South Korea has had a heat wave alert for about 20 days and, in the case of Seoul, it is the second week of tropical nights. If the room temperature at midnight exceeds 28 ℃, problems arise in the hypothalamus, which regulates body temperature and sleep arousal, making it difficult to fall asleep and waking up frequently even after to have fallen asleep.
Experts stress that “sleep is the three pillars of health protection along with exercise and diet,” and that “coronasomni is an important variable that threatens public health.” Charles M. Maureen, director of the University of Quebec’s Son Laval Research Center, said, “Insomnia is not a simple problem and has a huge impact on quality of life.” In fact, long-term insomnia can lead to decreased productivity, as well as hypertension, depression, dementia, and bipolar personality disorder.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults should sleep at least 7 hours a night. “Adults should sleep 7 to 9 hours,” said Vanu Kola, an associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic, a sleep research institute. “Young adults may need more than nine hours of sleep because their brains are still developing,” he explained. “Children 1 to 3 years old need 11 to 14 hours at night, children 6 to 12 years old need 9 to 12 hours at night and teenagers 8 to 10 hours a night,” he said.
To sleep well … Turn off your smartphone and meditate before going to bed
CNN quoted an interview with Raj Daguppa, a professor of sleep medicine at the University of California School of Medicine, and advised, “To improve insomnia and sleep well, start with four things.” First, go to bed at the same time regularly. You will need to make a diary to record the time you adjust to sleep or the time you will wake up in the middle, and then change your sleep pattern regularly.
Second, turn off electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets before going to bed. This is because exposure to light at night changes the body’s sleep-wake cycle. Third, training to find psychological stability through breathing, meditation, yoga, and so on. will help you sleep. On the other hand, working out or watching the news just before bedtime can increase anxiety and worsen insomnia symptoms. Finally, a healthy diet and regular exercise should be combined. Professor Daguppa said: “If you exercise regularly during the day, the stress is relieved, which is a great help for a good night’s sleep.”
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