Before World Sleep Day 2021, a survey revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the sleep of Indian adults.
Conducted by Royal Philips, the study titled Philips Global Sleep Survey 2021 found that since the beginning of the pandemic, Indian adults experienced new sleep challenges: about 37 percent experienced Difficulty getting to sleep, 27 percent remained asleep while 39 percent woke up during the night.
According to the survey, 67 percent of Indian adults said they are completely or somewhat satisfied with their sleep, while 25 percent are somewhat or completely dissatisfied.
Interestingly, 54 percent of Indian adults reported that the amount of time they spent completely asleep increased during the pandemic. About 61 percent of participants between the ages of 18 and 34 reported an increase in sleep compared to 41 percent of those 50 to 64 and 35 percent of those 65 and older.
When looking at the impact of sleep apnea, the study further reported that 80 percent of people with sleep apnea experience daytime sleepiness, although 52 percent who do not have apnea also experience the same. Again, 47 percent of the participants also claimed that sleep apnea affected their relationships. Approximately one in five Indian adults experiences sleep apnea.
To deal with sleep problems, 60 percent of Indians said they have used or are willing to use telehealth to address concerns.
“Sleep is an important component of our daily life. It has a profound impact on our physical and mental well-being. I have seen a steady improvement in awareness of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, in the last decade. However, we still have a long way to go to increase the seriousness in the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. While brands work to raise awareness about sleep apnea, it is also vital to equip physicians with the proper technical knowledge to detect, diagnose, and treat sleep disorders in general and sleep apnea in particular. Only then could we achieve a significant improvement in sleep health in India, ”said Dr. JC Suri, Director and Head of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Intensive Care and Sleep Medicine at Fortis Flt. Lieutenant Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, said in a statement.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on everyone’s life. Now that everyone is adjusting to the new normal, both healthcare providers and patients have a critical role to play in transforming the way healthcare is delivered. The increasing adoption of digital technologies such as telehealth for the treatment of sleep-related disorders by the patient is a positive change that should be welcomed and encouraged, ”added Chhitiz Kumar, business leader, precision diagnostics and connected care. of the Indian subcontinent of Philips.