Introduction

How remote work affects sleep by Dr Nondumiso Makhunga-Stevenson

The advent and spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) led to issuing of lockdown orders by public health authorities in order to curb the transmission of the virus in early 2020. This resulted in significant adjustments in both work practices and culture and unprecedented numbers of people working fromhome (WFH) and a significant increase in the remote workforce. In the United States the number of people who work remotely increased to about 50% of the workforce.  In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, more than 50% of workers reported a desire to continue post-pandemic.

Sleep Insight: The relationship between insomnia and anxiety by Dr Alison Bentley

Many of the effects of sleep loss are likely to increase susceptibility to mental health conditions, such as increased state anxiety and depression, decreased positive mood, poor emotion regulation, negative perception of neutral stimuli, increased perception of pain, poor response inhibition, working memory impairment, and poor problem solving.

Sleep-wake transition disorders by Dr Alison Bentley 

The movement from wakefulness to sleep and back again are significant transitions within the brain yet these two transitions are very different. Sleep onset occurs when we are sleepy and safe with a gradual change occurring in the electroencephalogram moving from wakefulness through alpha rhythm into stage 1 and then into stage 2.

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Sleep Matters March 2022 Vol. 13 No. 1