How COVID-19 Has Changed Our Sleep – 45% Report Reduced Sleep Quality, 1 in 10 Face Nightly Disruption (Tuck.com)

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Working from home and bed during quarantine is harming sleep, productivity

43% of Americans are working 4+ hours from bed a week during quarantine. Meanwhile, anyone working from bed has a higher likelihood for disrupted sleep.

Tuck.com, a digital sleep health and product review publication, studied the impacts working from home and bed have had on sleep during quarantine. The survey of over 1,100 Americans showed sleep disruption is on the rise since COVID-19 enforced lockdowns have moved workplaces home. The study further assessed the effects of home workspace environments, including working from bed, on sleep metrics—duration, quality, and frequency of disruptions—and productivity.

See the complete results of the study here: https://www.tuck.com/sleep-work-covid-19-study

While the data reveals polarized reactions, where some are sleeping more than usual and others less, the quality of that sleep shows a clear negative trend, with 45% reporting diminished sleep quality and 1 in 5 facing troubled sleep 3-5 nights a week.

Heightened anxiety and stress are likely a root cause of the sleep issues seen during this global pandemic, but it’s clear from Tuck’s report that the change in workplace setting has created its own challenges to maintaining healthy sleep patterns.

  • Americans currently working full-time from home have taken to working from their beds at a significant rate. 43% are working 4+ hours a week from bed, an 89% increase from pre-COVID-19.
  • 1 in 10 Americans are working almost all or most of their workweek from bed.
  • Every group who worked from bed, whether they were doing it more, less, or the same as before, had a higher likelihood for sleep disturbance caused by feelings of anxiousness, stress, and worry.
  • Half of those who never previously worked from bed within an hour of falling asleep are now logging in before bedtime.

In addition to virus-related stress leading to worse sleep, working under the covers reduces the association that your bed is for sleep. Unfortunately, sleep wasn’t the sole negative impact of working from bed. The data showed that productivity suffered as well. Over 70% of people reported being less productive and 10 times more distracted when working from their bed.

With so many barriers to getting good sleep even before this novel Coronavirus, we now face a greater threat to getting the restful sleep we need.

Tuck is devoted to improving sleep and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, web-based resources and product reviews. Visit the Tuck website, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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