COVID and Sleep: Better Slumber During the Pandemic May Help Protect Your Health

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt daily living, researchers are taking a closer look at one requirement for health that many people take for granted: sleep.  And they’ve concluded, perhaps not surprisingly, that improving our sleep schedule and quality is an important part of coping with these stressful times and defending against COVID-19. “We’re all affected by the pandemic in different ways,” said Chandra L. Jackson, Ph.D., a research investigator with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and an adjunct investigator with the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. “Many people are sleeping less or longer than they need to, which can make people feel groggy, unfocused, and even irritable throughout the day.  Some are sleeping at different times or getting a lower quality sleep than before the pandemic.” Read more about JPB Fellow Chandra L. Jackson’s research.