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Sleep in a pandemic: Implications of COVID-19 for sleep through the lens of the 3P model of insomnia.

Authors
  • Cox, Rebecca C1
  • Olatunji, Bunmi O1
  • 1 Department of Psychology.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American psychologist
Publication Date
Jun 17, 2021
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1037/amp0000850
PMID: 34138586
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has fundamentally altered daily life across the globe, and the stress associated with these changes is likely to impact sleep. Sleep is critical for physical and mental health; thus, understanding the factors that may contribute to poor sleep during the pandemic represents a first step in identifying behavioral health targets for intervention efforts during and after the pandemic. This review first summarizes the developing research on sleep during the pandemic. The impact of the pandemic on sleep is then examined through the lens of the 3P model of insomnia by proposing pandemic-specific predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating factors. The potential consequences of sleep disturbance on physical and mental health conditions most relevant to the pandemic are also reviewed. Finally, recommendations for reducing or eliminating pandemic-specific perpetuating factors are detailed, highlighting the potential utility of behavioral sleep medicine interventions in the integration of behavioral health responses and public health initiatives during and after the pandemic. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved).

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