Can’t sleep? Expert offers tips to combat pandemic insomnia

Having trouble sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic? A University of Alberta expert says you are not alone and there is help to combat sleep disruption. Photo: Pexels

(Anna Junker/ Edmonton Journal) — Having trouble sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic? A University of Alberta expert says you are not alone and there is help to combat sleep disruption.

Cary Brown, a sleep researcher and occupational therapist, said a study out of the United States had more than 40 per cent of participants reporting insomnia during the pandemic. There may be a number of factors contributing to why people are sleeping less.

One factor is how much quieter the streets are.

“Those of us who live in the city, you would be used to all that street traffic because it would all blend together as just noise,” Brown said. (…)

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