Mental Stressors from the Pandemic Resulted in Sleep Loss, Study Finds

By Sarah Fielding, July 13, 2021

“Some people with anxiety are too awake, while others with depression or low energy may be too inclined into the sleepy direction,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.  “My anxious or stressed patients will often have what I call ‘battlefield sleep’—how you would sleep if you were on a battlefield,” adds Dimitriu. “It would take longer to fall asleep, sleep would be light and easily interrupted, and you would wake too early—after about five to six hours—the bare minimum required to survive and keep going.”

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