It seems that the coronavirus (COVID-19) disturbed the sleep of too many people around the world, or so they support Google data.
Searches for "insomnia" and "can not sleep" ("Insomnia" και "Can't sleep") reached a very high level in April, according to Google Trends. The data do not reveal the exact cause of the searches, but the timeline coincides with the level of global lockdowns for COVID-19.
Last month, Harvard researchers warned that the pandemic could affect a person's sleep routine, which in turn could lead to other mental health complications.
"Too much insomnia can make physical and mental health problems worse." reports the Harvard Gazette.
"Think of sleep problems as an infection," said Posner, president of Sleepwell Associates and associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Even during normal periods, about 30% to 35% of the population experience acute or short-term insomnia, said Posner, a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a founding member of the Society for Sleep Behavioral Medicine.
Insomnia is defined in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as difficulty falling asleep, or waking up too early, and states that this lack of rest is caused by stress or any quality of life that but. It states that it differs from the lack of sleep caused by overloaded programs.