Finally, more than two years into the pandemic, Americans are sleeping better.
A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 31% of people have had insomnia since the pandemic began. That was much lower — a 25% decrease — compared to the 2021 survey that found 56% of people were experiencing pandemic-linked insomnia.
“The stress and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic led to an increase in disruptions in our sleep quality and quantity,” Jennifer Martin, a licensed clinical psychologist and president of the AASM, said in an academy news release.
“While some people continue to experience subpar sleep, the good news is that the population is feeling the impact of ‘COVID-somnia' less now than last year. For those still experiencing ongoing sleep problems, it may be time to speak with your doctor to determine the best course of action for improving your essential nightly sleep,” Martin suggested.
Among those surveyed who were still having sleep disturbances, 61% were having trouble falling asleep. About 47% were experiencing worse quality sleep, 39% were sleeping less and 33% were having more disturbing dreams.
The academy recommends that those having sleep problems try some “sleep hygiene” techniques:
The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more on getting a good night's sleep.
SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, Nov. 30, 2022