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Covid Insomnia Among Health Care Workers : An Analysis


Arshika Singh is an Child Health Nurse, has completed her masters from CMC, Ludhiana.

COVID Insomnia in Healthcare Workers

COVID Insomnia among Health Care Workers.

Year 2020 was associated with a cataclysmic occasion, we are here talking about the Covid infection (COVID-19), which is serious intense respiratory infection caused by novel Covid 2 Virus (SARS-CoV-2).

COVID pandemic since 2020 had showed individual, cultural, and global health consequences. It had escalated risk for healthcare professtionals who are working day and night to meet the health needs of the global community as they are likely to experience a greater level of stress, caring for COVID -19 patient, their family and themselves.

Studies supporting COVID Insomnia in HealthCare Workers

As the COVID -19 pandemic progresses healthcare professtionals exhibit Stress, Sleep and Psychological Impact in Healthcare Workers During the Early Phase of COVID-19 in India, this factor analysis reveled that physicians and nurses are the health care professtionals who exhibit the highest level of anxiety and were more likely to experience insomnia.

A systematic review of total of 963 surveys completed on COVID-19 and Sleep in Medical Staff: Reflections, Clinical Evidences, and Perspectives . It was reported that during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all the frontline health care workers reported poor sleep, over one-third healthcare workers reported insomnia, and over half reported burnout as the data pertaining to sleep disturbances.

A systematic review was conducted using PRISMA methodology to investigate the psychological impact on health care professtionals facing epidemics or pandemics in latter years . Only studies with greater than 100 frontline health care professtionals (i.e. doctors or nurses in close proximity to infected patients) were included in this systematic review . Findings suggest that the psychological implications to health care professtionals are variable with several studies demonstrating an increased risk of acquiring trauma or stress-related disorders, depression and anxiety. Fear of the unknown or becoming infected were at the forefront of the mental challenges faced by the health care professtionals.

Being a nurse or physician and female gender appeared to confer greater risk. The perceived stigma from family members and society heightened negative implications; predominantly stress and isolation among the female health care professtionals.

Chamomile tea

Life Style tips to improve Sleep for health care Professtional

Chamomile tea : Chamomile which is commonly known as a mild tranquilizer or in other words it is one of the best sleep inducer . It has calming effects which attributed to be an antioxidant called apigenin, that binds to brain receptors which promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia and is found abundant in chamomile tea

Avoid Caffiene during Bedtime

Avoid Caffiene during Bedtime

Caffeine is said to be avoided during bedtime as it is being observed as stimulent agent.

A study on caffience and its impact on sleep pattern reported that taking caffeine 6 hours before bedtime reduced total sleep time of an individual by 1 hour. These effects also can be more stronger in older adults than youn population.

Minimize Screen Time during Bed time

Minimize Screen Time during Bed time

cut off screen time 1 hour before bed as the blue light emitted due to screen time from smart phones, tablets and TVs emit blue light which contribute to poor sleep. Basically, Internal body clock is being affected by blue light which affect your circadian rhythm.

Lavender Aroma Therapy for Sleep

Lavender Aroma therapy for Sleep

Lavender, one of the more popular essential oils, is most commonly used for relaxation and sleep. The aroma is widely used promote calm and relaxation in products like perfumes and lotions.

Lavender which is Native to the Mediterranean, lavender is perhaps the most widely researched fragrance.

A study published in Holistic Nursing Practice in 2018 reveals the effect of lavender aroma on sleep pattern . In this study lavender aromatherapy was found to improve sleep onset, quality, and duration in an elderly population.

Pandemic is a tough call for healthcare professionals and communities. But, to survive is stress, anxiety, depression is all we should care about the solutions. As the saying goes " Survival of the Fittest ".

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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