Due to various restrictions and lockdowns during the Corona virus epidemic, people are spending more time at home, which seems to have given them more time to sleep, but most people’s sleep is not as comfortable as before.
This was revealed in a medical study conducted in Switzerland.
The University of Basel study looked at the sleep of hundreds of people during the most severe phase of lockdown in Austria, Germany and Switzerland from mid-March to April.
The study, published in the journal Current Biology, found that people who were working from home were able to adapt their biological rhythms to a sleep schedule that was accustomed to going to bed late and waking up late.
But researchers found that the quality of sleep was definitely reduced.
“By the way, we expected that social isolation would have improved sleep quality, but the results showed that overall sleep quality has decreased,” the researchers said.
“We think that during the unprecedented lockdown of Code 19, the tension among the people increased as a result of which they could not benefit from social isolation,” he said.
The researchers said that it was not surprising that the epidemic stress affected sleep quality, but in terms of health, increasing sleep duration and becoming a routine is definitely a positive change.
Earlier, a study in the United States last month found that the new novel corona virus outbreak had been confined to millions of American homes, and initial reports indicated that it made American citizens more sluggish and lazy than ever before. And these effects can last for a long time.
A preliminary study found that Americans were exercising less than usual during the epidemic while sitting and spending more time in front of screens.
The Cambridge Open Engage study looked at the lifestyles of 3,000 adults before and after Cuba and found that the rate of physical activity decreased by an average of 32% after the application of social distance measures.
In fact, it was discovered that people who were already accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle now intend to maintain it in the future.
But can a few weeks or months away from social activities or exercise affect health?
Jacob Meyer, an assistant professor at Iowa State University who was involved in the study, said it was possible that the situation would return to normal and that people would not give up.
“It used to be very difficult for anyone who wasn’t physically active to be physically active again. Now we see that people who were more physically active are also slower,” he said. They are getting used to life. The question is, will they be able to return to normal activities once the situation returns to normal?
Professor Genevieve Dunton of Southern California expressed similar concerns.
He and Colorado State University experts are examining changes in physical activity in a group of 800 adults and have yet to see full results, but they say they are seeing a decline in physical activity, especially on a daily basis. I.
Statistics from Apple, Fitbit and other fitness tracker data vary, with one showing a 50 percent reduction in daily walking levels, but records from all companies indicate that Logon’s physical activity has declined since the epidemic.
But the decline doesn’t seem to be the same, and more people are becoming accustomed to a slower lifestyle in densely populated cities than in less populated states.
Jacob Meyer said the notion that people will be physically active again once the lockdown is over is wrong.
Physical fitness declines rapidly and not being physically active for a few weeks can affect oxygen absorption, blood volume and muscle strength, while it takes longer to restore fitness.
A 2015 study found that a slow lifestyle of up to 2 weeks takes 6 weeks to reverse the effects on muscle strength.
So if people spend a lot of time sitting for several months, the rehabilitation process may take many years, because when they are not fit, exercise feels more invasive than before.
The study found that those who stopped exercising during the epidemic also suffered mental health, while the epidemic itself is a threat to mental health.
There is ample evidence that physical activity can help prevent or reduce problems such as depression, while a sedentary lifestyle can lead to an increase in mental health problems