Who's been losing sleep during lockdown?
AuthorsJane Falkingham, Maria Evandrou, Min Qin and Athina Vlachantoni
Not surprisingly, we find that more people lost sleep due to worry during the first four weeks of the pandemic lockdown than they did before it. In part, this is due to increased anxiety about being infected by coronavirus, with those from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and key workers being particularly at risk. However, social distancing measures and lockdown itself are also playing a role, with women with young children being more likely to report sleep loss in recent weeks. This reflects the additional stresses of juggling home working and home schooling as well as concerns over finances.
This policy briefing provides an overview of the key findings of a medRxiv article available at:
- 'Sleepless in lockdown': unpacking differences in sleep loss during the coronavirus pandemic in the UK