The stuff of nightmares? Fewer than 1 in 10 adults sleeping well during UK’s Covid lockdowns, study says
Since the pandemic began over a year ago, researchers say our quality of sleep has seriously deteriorated. A team from the University College London (UCL) has been looking at 70,000 people over the past year and their response to the pandemic. The researchers measured how they were following government advice each week, how their mindset changed, and how they were doing mentally.
The study found that when the pandemic started, many people couldn’t sleep because of fear of catching Covid. Less than a third (28.7%) of those surveyed now report being stressed by Covid – a big drop even from the end of 2020 when almost one in two (45.1%) feared catching the coronavirus.Also on rt.com UK minister tells Brits to ‘call out’ others for doing ‘odd’ things like HUGGING loved ones as lockdown eases
Dr. Elise Paul, the report’s lead author and a researcher in epidemiology and healthcare at UCL, said the findings show that many “have suffered from poor sleep quality” during the pandemic, adding that lockdown brought major disruption to normal daily routines or changes to living circumstances.
Stress is also likely to be a factor [in sleep quality], especially as those from groups living in more stressful circumstances, such as people with lower household incomes and those with mental or physical health conditions, are reporting higher levels of poor quality sleep.
The researchers say that less than one person in 10 reports sleeping well now, with study participants saying finances and job security are weighing heavily on them. One-third of respondents on average cited money woes as a cause for worry.Also on rt.com Why sleep pods are science fiction: Long-term space travelers need high-intensity exercise to protect their hearts, study says
People with lower household incomes, with a mental or physical health condition, those with lower levels of education, and people from ethnic minority backgrounds reported higher levels of ‘very poor’ sleep quality.
Conversely, people over 60 years of age, those in good health, men, those of white ethnicity, and people not living with children reported sleeping better over the past year.
The researchers said that now that lockdown restrictions are starting to ease across the UK, people are beginning to sleep better.Also on rt.com Draft report of joint WHO-China study says it’s ‘extremely unlikely’ Covid-19 originated from lab leak – media
The UCL study is also part of a larger international project that looks at the mental health of people across 70 countries.
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