How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Sleep Quality of Americans?

According to a new research, conducted by Onepoll on the behalf of Mattress Advisor, four in 10 American blamed their sleep schedule to be the most stressful thing in the ongoing pandemic. Stress and sleep are closely linked. Stress can adversely affect sleep quality and duration while it is insufficient sleep which can increase stress levels.

Two thousand people were surveyed for research and seventy-eight percent of those surveyed agreed that their mental health has a direct impact on their sleeping habits. Not only this, six in 10 respondents said their mental health has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 news cycle. In fact, 57% of people polled agreed that they don’t watch news at night to avoid any kind of stress.

People are adopting good habits to improve their sleep schedule. 21% have started reading a book or listening to music before sleeping, along with eating healthier and exercising more often. Also, 25% have been meditating before sleeping and 21% are getting intimate before bed for improved sleep. 16% of those polled people bought new mattress in an attempt to have better sleep.

The survey also asked how parents’ mental health is holding up, as everyone is settling into this new normal. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed with children, approximately 1,300 respondents, said they often get stressed when their children’s sleep schedules are thrown off.And 35% of parents surveyed said it’s been more difficult to put their children to bed during their time in quarantine.

Ashley Little, a Certified Sleep Science Coach at Mattress Advisor said, “Challenging as it may be, getting a good night’s sleep is important for the health of every member of your household.” She also gave some tips like Sticking to a routine and maintaining proper sleep hygiene habits like avoiding technology, caffeine or sugars late in the evenings can help make bedtime a little easier for everyone.

In this pandemic where work from home has become a necessity, people have been struggling to balance both work life and personal life. The survey revealed that 47% of those working from home didn’t realize the importance of separating work life from personal life until this pandemic hit them.

Little said, “Designating physical spaces in your home reserved for your working hours may be able to help create a mental distinction between work and your personal home life. Particularly avoiding bringing work into the bedroom can help maintain that space as an area to wind down both mentally and physically at the end of the day.”