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Does working from home is giving you sleep disorders?

As India navigates many weeks of the nationwide lockdown that pushed millions of people into the confines of their homes, distress and anxiety are on the rise, manifesting primarily in the form of sleep disorders.

People watching till dawn, playing endless online games, video chats until the sun rises or simply staring into darkness while everyone around is in deep slumber? wakeful nights are no longer about once in a while but too often for comfort.

People watching till dawn, playing endless online games, video chats until the sun rises or simply staring into darkness while everyone around is in deep slumber? wakeful nights are no longer about once in a while but too often for comfort.

Medical experts said the number of consultation calls over erratic sleep cycles have shot up since the country went into lockdown on March 25 to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Sleep apnea daytime symptoms | Mahavir ENT Hospital

Sleep apnea daytime symptoms | Mahavir ENT Hospital

People are living with many uncertainties and insecurities. Worrying about health, job and financial security and managing household chores alongside office deadlines, all the while working from home are among the factors influencing our sleep quality.

Quantifying the stress over jobs, working from home, a pandemic that shows no signs of ebbing and an uncertain future, a pan-India survey by wakefit.Co revealed that 44 per cent of 1,500 respondents were getting less than six hours of sleep during the lockdown.

The number of people facing a sleep crisis before March 25 was significantly lower at 26 per cent, the survey by the Bangalore-based sleep solutions company added, while many complain of insomnia and sleep deprivation, there are some who are seeking treatment for oversleeping or hypersomnia.

Research confirms that there is a strong link between learning, memory and sleep. During sleep, nerve cell?connections in the brain are strengthened and this enhances the brain’s abilities to stabilise and retain memories.

With a disrupted sleep cycle or not enough sleep, it is very difficult for the brain to stabilise neural connections and consolidate memory effectively. Sound sleep of seven-nine hours is an important aspect of recovery.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms | Day time Sleeping | Mahavir ENT Hospital

Sleep Apnea Symptoms | Day time Sleeping | Mahavir ENT Hospital

Doctors recommend physical activity, yoga and maybe some music to calm the mind and body. The list of don’ts includes using electronic devices like mobile phones and laptops before sleeping and caffeinated drinks such as colas, alcohol, coffee, and tea, particularly in the evening.

The bedtime and wake time should be” consistent from day to day, including on weekends. Regular vigorous exercise for 20-30 minutes during the day promotes a good night’s sleep.

If despite all this, an individual is not able to sleep within 20 minutes, they should move out of the bed and perform some light, non-stimulating- activity like reading a book and wait until the feeling of drowsiness sets in.

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