As a psychologist and as a human being, I am receiving this message from every direction and all sides. It’s rampant these days.
People are having a hard time sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some people lie awake unable to fall asleep. Some wake up in the middle of the night and their brain starts racing. Other folks say they wake up in the early morning hours and lie awake for a long time before the alarm goes off.
Then there are the ones whose sleep pattern has been thrown totally off. They’re awake when they should be sleeping and sleeping when they should be awake. What is it about this pandemic that is making a good night’s sleep so hard for so many people?
In talking with many people about their sleep problems during the pandemic, particular struggles have emerged as common patterns. So, I think I have some answers that I’m going to share with you today.
First, let’s review the primary causes of the problems. They will probably not all apply to you but, in reality, all it takes is one.