At least 45 percent of Mexican citizens suffer from poor quality sleep problems, especially insomnia. It is one of the main disorders that have been worsened by the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, as prescribed by experts in this type of disorder.
“Insomnia is one of the main sleep disorders and, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, its incidence has increased,” the clinic’s coordinator, Alejandro Jimenez Genchi, said in a press conference. National Institute of Psychiatry.
Insomnia linked to development of major depressive disorders
Similarly, he specified that insomnia is persistent difficulty in initiating sleep with discontinuity in its duration, consolidation, or quality. It is the most frequent sleep disorder in the population and “unfortunately, its effects not only result in fatigue in the patient … it is also associated with a higher risk of developing major depressive disorders and other types of cardiovascular or metabolic diseases” , if it is not treated on time”.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, more than 35 per cent of the global population has found adverse changes in their sleep patterns due to the pandemic. In Mexico, he said about 45 percent of the adult population has poor sleep quality and “this was emphasized during the pandemic” by factors such as fear of getting the virus, concern for infected family members and the worry of presenting adverse recovery too.
After the pandemic, it has been baptized with the name of “Covid-somnia”.
They confirmed, in turn, sleep disorders, termed “Covid-somnias” during the pandemic, which include difficulty falling asleep, waking up earlier than usual or not getting restful sleep due to stress or anxiety.
Elena Sanudo, specialist and medical director of the Sanofi Mexico General Medicine Unit, explained that insomnia has become a public health problem. This is because it produces general fatigue, irritability, lack of focus, memory problems, and anxiety. In this regard, he expressed that “as one of the main public health problems in the world, insomnia should receive special treatment.”
However, he recognized that by not presenting with physical pain, most sufferers decide to ignore their symptoms and associate it only with poor rest. That’s why he stresses that “insomnia should be treated with the same importance as any condition and it’s important to seek professional help at the first symptoms.”