It’s 1 a.m. My eyes track lazily across my phone screen as I hop from articles about the pandemic and global warming to one-dish pasta recipes and funny cat compilation videos. I check the time again: 2.30 a.m. I try closing my eyes in the hope that I’ll nod off, but I can’t stop running through the next day’s To-Do List. The more time goes by, the more restless I become.

Many of us struggle to get enough sleep each night. But recent research has shown that the global pandemic is keeping even more people up at night than normal. Reports of “coronasomnia” have swept across the world, with many complaining of sleeplessness and disturbing dreams.

What Causes Poor Sleep?

Difficulties sleeping can be caused by several factors including anxiety, stress and disrupted routines. It’s safe to say that since the start of the pandemic, people have been feeling more tense. As some struggled to home school their kids, others were fighting with their roommates over the last morsel of Wi-Fi. Add to that the looming threat of a contagious virus and rising unemployment rates, and it’s no wonder so many of us fail to get our regular “40 winks.”