Sleep And The Pandemic:Evaluation Of Sleep Patterns During The Covid -19 Pandemic

Niveditha Selvakumar, Rohit Vassan, Pannaga K Swamy, Pavani Athreya Ranganath, Yash Sailesh Kumar, Nidhi Ramesh, Ranjan Tejas Venkanna, Leah Thomas, Areeba Hasan


Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has come to a standstill, with enforcement of the lockdown, several regulations, and restrictions that brought significant change to people's lifestyles, and induced waves of panic and delirium in individuals everywhere. This unfunded cross-sectional survey-based study aims to evaluate the pandemic's impact on sleep patterns in a sample of the general population worldwide. An online survey was constructed , composing of 31 questions. The Athens scale was used to estimate nocturnal sleep dysfunction and daytime dysfunction. The survey's target population was 13 years and above. 300 responses were received .A majority of the participants reported that they sleep late, have an increased screen time , and used electronics . 45% of the participants said they have insomnia and 55% of the participants claimed they did not have insomnia. Despite the majority claiming to not have insomnia, on employing the Athens scale to calculate individuals' insomnia scores, the results were quite contradictory .Nighttime routines and alarm usage were also monitored. .Therefore, this study has enabled to observe that there has been a definite impact in the sleep cycles of certain individuals since the beginning of the pandemic. Limitations of this study include sample size, random sampling and lack of additional profound data


Sleep, Pandemic , Sleep cycle, COVID-19, Sleep patterns

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