COVID-19: Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression spike in early pandemic

Charles Morin

The prevalence of these psychological health problems doubled during this period

Has the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic made you sleepless, anxious or depressed? If it makes you feel better, you are far from alone. An international study just published in the journal Sleep Medicine provides a measure of the surge in these problems during this trying time.

Led by Professor Charles Morin of Laval University's School of Psychology and the CERVO Brain Research Center, the study gathers statistics on the prevalence of insomnia, anxiety and depression in 13 countries on 4 continents between May and August 2020. "Several independent studies conducted at the beginning of the pandemic in different countries had reported high prevalences of insomnia, anxiety and depression. However, these prevalences were highly variable because the methodology of the studies was not uniform," says Charles Morin.

Read the rest of this article by Jean Hamann on the ULaval News website (in French)

View the original scientific publication:

Charles M. Morin, Bjørn Bjorvatn, Frances Chung, Brigitte Holzinger, Markku Partinen, Thomas Penzel, Hans Ivers, Yun Kwok Wing, Ngan Yin Chan, Ilona Merikanto, Sergio Mota-Rolim, Tainá Macêdo, Luigi De Gennaro, Damien Léger, Yves Dauvilliers, Giuseppe Plazzi, Michael R. Nadorff, Courtney J. Bolstad, Mariusz Sieminski, Christian Benedict, Jonathan Cedernaes, Yuchi Inoue, Fang Han, Colin A. Espie,
Insomnia, anxiety, and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic: an international collaborative study, Sleep Medicine, Volume 87, 2021, Pages 38-45,
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1389945721004196

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