COVID-19 and Sleep in Medical Staff: Reflections, Clinical Evidences, and Perspectives

Luigi Ferini-Strambi, Marco Zucconi, Francesca Casoni, Maria Salsone

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Abstract

Purpose of the review: There is evidence that, before the coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19), healthcare workers did not experience good sleep quality with relevant consequences on health. By contrast, little is known about the sleep quality of medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this review, we aimed to contribute with a review of the literature, sharing our clinical experience supported by actigraphic evaluation and by proposing future strategies. Recent findings: Sleep disorders, in particular insomnia, have been commonly reported in frontline medical workers, in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and are often accompanied by depressive and anxiety symptoms. Sleep quality, however, has been mainly assessed by the use of self-reported measures, thus limiting clinical usefulness. Summary: Poor sleep quality among the medical staff is prevalent, and our experience supports that this has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. A longitudinal investigation assessing whether and for how long sleep remains altered in medical staff could be of interest to evaluate the temporal effect of the pandemic on health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29
JournalCurrent Treatment Options in Neurology
Volume22
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2020

Keywords

  • Actigraphy
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Healthcare workers/medical staff
  • Sleep quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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