Sleep health in the time of COVID-19

Philips recently released their annual global sleep survey for the year 2021. As expected, the pandemic impacted every facet of daily life, and sleep health was no exception.

How COVID-19 affected sleep

The results of this survey were inferred after interviewing 13,000 people across 13 countries including Australia. 70% of adults around the world faced sleep issues since the pandemic began with 43% saying waking up during the night was an issue. 37% said the pandemic negatively impacted their ability to sleep well.

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More stress, more distractions, less sleep

Almost half (48%) people reported that the pandemic negatively impacted their stress. In addition to the pandemic, people were most worried/stressed about financial challenges (53%) and work responsibilities (44%).

Putting phones down was also a struggle. When compared to the results from last year’s World Sleep Day survey, significantly more people said they used their phones in bed.

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How much sleep did we get?

On average, people slept 6.9 hours per weeknight and 7.7 hours per weekend night. The recommended amount of nightly sleep for a healthy adult is 7-9 hours per night.

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Women vs Men vs Sleep

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, women seem to have struggled more with sleep issues than men.

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The full survey can be found here.

Information source:

  1. https://www.usa.philips.com/c-dam/b2c/master/experience/smartsleep/world-sleep-day/2021/philips-world-sleep-day-2021-report.pdf  
  2. https://www.usa.philips.com/a-w/about/news/archive/standard/news/articles/20200508-sleep-smart-stressed-and-tired.html

Main image source:

  1. Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

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