Coronavirus anxiety keeping you up? Winnipeg sleep consultant has some tips

If you’re struggling with disrupted sleep due to anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone.

According to a Winnipeg sleep consultant, it would be more surprising if people weren’t experiencing sleep problems during this crisis.

“It’s a really unusual situation that we’re in and it’s really highly stress-provoking,” the University of Manitoba’s Diana McMillan told 680 CJOB.

“It’s actually normal that we would have some reactions to this… Don’t be too hard on yourself. Your whole routine is probably quite disrupted.”

McMillan said that while anxiety about the state of the world is likely causing lighter, poorer or more disturbed sleep, the key is that people are more anxious as they fall asleep.

“We tend to carry the worries and stresses of our day into our nighttime sleep, and that’s probably the largest factor for why people are having some vivid dreams,” she said.

 

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