Sleep deprivation, On-going lockdown due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic is not only deteriorating physical health of the people but has also triggered mental health. This nationwide lockdown has forced people to work from home. Work from home is not turning out to be a blissful experience as most of the people were expecting rather it has adversely affected people’s quality of sleep.
A research conducted by Bengaluru based sleep solution firm Wakefit.co on over 1500 respondents has revealed that work from deprivation home is making 67% of people sleep-deprived. Residents from Bengaluru, Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and other Indian cities participated in this survey, with 55% people in the age group of 26-35 and 20% in the 36-45 years age group.
In this survey, 81% of respondents said that they would sleep better once the lockdown ends. 50% of respondents revealed that working from deprivation made them feel sleepier during working hours, while 67% said it has altered their sleep timings. The survey indicates a 40% hike in late-night sleepers posts the lockdown. Before the lockdown came into effect, 25% of respondents went to bed after midnight, which has increased to 35% post the lockdown. Under regular circumstances, before lockdown,25% of respondents used to get sleep of fewer than 6 hours, now 36% of respondents fall in that category.
The respondents who experience sleeplessness are also more sleep likely to feel depressed. This pandemic has triggered anxieties. deprivation People all over the nation are trying to manage the health of their family members and finances during this current crisis. 49% of respondents acknowledged that they were staying up late due to lockdown induced stress, other 14% said it was due to late working hours. Interestingly, 14 % of people were also found to be compromising on sleep because of binge-watching shows, while 19% said that it is due to poor bed space.
How to sleep sleep better?
This survey will provide us with insights to strengthen sleep our responses to the current crisis .”These are the testing sleep times and the only way to emerge strong is to ensure the well-being of our bodies and minds”, said Chaitanya Ramalingegowda, co-founder and director, wakefit.co. Sleep is not only an immunity booster but also an essential function to help the body and mind respond optimally to any challenging situations. Healthy sleep is the key to the proper functioning of the immune system. One of the easiest ways to help improve sleep is deprivation to maintain the sanctity of sleep space. In this study,59 % respondent revealed that they work from their beds, while 56% are using their beds as eating space and for other activities. Minimise watching T.V shows, indulging in household chores and adhering to the same pre-lockdown routine will considerably improve the quality of sleep. Other activities that they believed would help them sleep better were adjusting the light, creating a sleep ritual and following guided sleep meditation.