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Google Trends reveals increases in internet searches for insomnia during the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic.

Authors
  • Zitting, Kirsi-Marja1
  • Lammers-van der Holst, Heidi M1
  • Yuan, Robin K1
  • Wang, Wei1
  • Quan, Stuart F1
  • Duffy, Jeanne F1
  • 1 Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2021
Volume
17
Issue
2
Pages
177–184
Identifiers
DOI: 10.5664/jcsm.8810
PMID: 32975191
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a global health and economic crisis. Recent evidence from small samples suggest that it has increased mood and sleep disturbances, including insomnia, around the world. This study aimed to estimate the effect of COVID-19 on insomnia levels worldwide and in the United States during the acute phase of the pandemic. We analyzed search query data recorded between January 2004 and May 2020 from Google Trends and Google Keyword Planner for the search term "insomnia". The number of search queries for insomnia has increased over the past decade and is greater than the number of search queries for other major sleep disorders. The COVID-19 pandemic increased search queries for insomnia both worldwide and in the United States, with the number in the United States increasing by 58% during the first 5 months of 2020 compared with the same months from the previous 3 years. There is a robust diurnal pattern in insomnia search queries in the United States, with the number of queries peaking around 3 am and the overall pattern remaining stable during the pandemic. These results highlight the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on sleep health and the urgent need for making effective interventions accessible. Future studies will be needed to determine whether the increase in insomnia symptoms will persist and lead to higher rates of chronic insomnia in the population. © 2021 American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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