The Pandemic’s Impact on our Sleep

04 June 2020

According to a new survey conducted by research company Ipsos MORI and King’s College London, the stress and anxiety of the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted our sleep.

More than half the UK population has struggled with sleep during the lockdown – many adults said they are getting less sleep than normal, while some people slept for longer than usual, but without feeling rested.

Have you found that the quality of your sleep has declined since the lockdown began? You might have noticed that you have been lying awake for longer before you fall sleep, that you don’t sleep as deeply or for as long, or you just don’t feel refreshed when you wake up.

Sleep is as important as a healthy diet and exercise to both our physical and mental health. Poor sleep can make our feelings of anxiety and stress seem worse. We may not be able to think clearly or make sensible decisions. We can become upset, angry and irritable more easily. This can all have negative effects on our relationships with family, friends and in our workplaces.

In short, good-quality sleep makes a big difference to our wellbeing.

At Guidepost we know how vital sleep is so we have created a guide which looks at why good sleep is important and offers advice on how to get a better night’s sleep. Hopefully, if you try some of the ideas you’ll soon find yourself with an improved mood and more energy through the day.