Data from a 2018 survey by the CDC shows that 34.5% of adults got inadequate sleep.
In other words, insomnia—i.e. difficulty with falling asleep and/or staying asleep—was a struggle for our country already. Now add in a global health crisis, record-high rates of unemployment, and strict social distancing measures and you don’t exactly have the ideal prescription for feeling well-rested.
All across the United States, people are reporting strange dreams, increased sleep disturbances, and higher levels of anxiety and stress. This has led many to experience what we’re calling “pandemic-induced insomnia,” an unfortunate additional side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A lack of quality sleep can have serious consequences on both physical and mental health. Sleep specifically impacts the immune system, which is essential for fighting off viruses and other illnesses.
Luckily, there are a wide range of options you can try to improve your sleep. As pharmacists at the online pharmacy Honeybee Health, we’ve received countless questions from patients asking for help. So, we decided to research and compile a comprehensive guide to falling asleep and staying that way. This includes everything from lifestyle changes to over-the-counter supplements to prescription medications. We suggest trying lifestyle changes and supplements and over-the-counter medications first before exploring the prescription medication options.