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.
- COVID-19 pandemic
- Healthcare workers/medical staff
- Sleep quality
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology