Many people are reporting sleeping difficulties post COVID-19 and the impact these are having on their rehabilitation. Sleep difficulties may be that your sleep pattern have been disrupted, that it’s hard to get to sleep, difficult to stay asleep and you wake up often, waking up very early, or you are sleeping too much and finding it hard to wake up.
Why this is happening? It can be as a result of many things, you’ve been unwell and the body needs more sleep to recover, you’ve changed your routines (going to bed later, getting up later), meal times are later, you aren’t going outside, you maybe not doing” what you would normally”, you are in pain, or you are more stressed or anxious,
Sleep difficulties then can be seen to make some of the other COVID-19 symptoms worse. You may be more fatigued, less able to cope with your pain, have increased anxiety, lower mood, find it more difficult to concentrate on things, it effects your appetite and you feel less social.
Keeping a sleep diary over a week may help you identify what is keeping you awake and impacting on your sleep. This is a diary available on-line.
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