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Why Sleep Health is More Essential Than Ever in the Wake of Covid-19 Sleep health affects more than our quality of life, it is also an indicator of more serious health conditions.

By João Mendes-Roter

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Are you sleeping better than you were one year ago?

If not, you're hardly alone. You may even be experiencing what some experts have taken to calling "coronasomnia." The pandemic's toll – all too apparent in lives and livelihoods lost–has extended to virtually every area of our lives, and sleep has proven no exception.

We doomscroll before bed. Confined to our homes and with our routines disrupted, we're drinking more alcohol, getting more screen time and less exercise, and grappling with an array of mental health challenges–all of which can make a good night's sleep more elusive. Not surprisingly, studies find that sleep quality has noticeably declined during the pandemic, with sleep problems impacting an estimated 40% of people from both the general population and the healthcare community.

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