The impact lockdown has had on mental wellbeing

sleep-mask-saying-sweet-dreamsThe impact of oversleeping

Lockdown has left me and many others feeling stressed and anxious.

By Molly Carr

It’s 6am when I’ve finally exhausted my mind enough to go to sleep. 

Sleeping is one of the times you are left alone with your thoughts and right now with the COVID-19 crisis, there is a lot to think about.

This has made getting to sleep hard for me and others who have trouble overthinking.

When I have managed to fall asleep, my dreams feel comforting. Therefore, I’ve been oversleeping and waking up in the late afternoon.

This is a hard routine to escape which has a detrimental effect on my mental health. This has also been the case for other people during lockdown.

According to Finder’s Health Statistics 1 in 6 people in the UK experienced a common mental health problem within the last week.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say “The last few weeks have been anxious and unsettling for everyone.

We have to support each other and find ways to look after our mental health.”

I can’t help but feel insecure after a long time spent on social media comparing myself and my life to other people’s. According to an Instagram poll, 65% of people said they have found social media more addictive.

Another poll stated 71% of people feel anxious and depressed when checking the news.

Public Health England has suggested ways to look after your sleep which I plan to try. They say “avoid screens before bed, cut back on caffeine and create a restful environment.

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