Jennifer Martin, PhD: Concerning Sleep Trends During COVID-19

June 30, 2020
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

Increased technology use and alcohol consumption may be leading to some troubling trends in sleep.

One of the biggest concerns during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been potential issues with sleep.

With a large portion of the workforce either out of work or working from home, sleep disturbances could come into play and lead to long-term issues like insomnia.

Sleep remains a concern for a number of reasons, including increased time spent in bed, technology use, and alcohol consumption.

In an interview with HCPLive®, Jennifer Martin, PhD, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, explained some of the recent trends doctors have found regarding sleep and offered some tips that could help people experiencing sleep issues.

While initial reports show some an increase in time spent in bed, Martin said there are ways to reverse course.

Mainly, if an individual feels they are spending too much time in bed or are too stressed leading to a poor quality of sleep, they should adjust their sleep hours and consume less COVID-19 media.

Martin also recently took part in Insomnia Awareness Night on June 22, leading various online discussions on how to self-identify potential insomnia problems and what are some household tips for avoiding further problems.