• By Joel Streed

3-09-2022 Media Only News Briefing: Losing sleep during the pandemic? It may be affecting your weight, heart, and overall health 

March 9, 2022
a close-up of an alarm clock reading 3 o'clock, with a wide awake woman lying on a pillow in the background, out of focus, trying to sleep and suffering from insomnia

Are you losing sleep during the pandemic? You are not alone. Up to 19% of adults in the U.S. report not getting enough rest or sleep every day, according to the National Institutes of Health, and more Americans are taking melatonin than ever before. Why has the pandemic affected people’s sleep habits? What does current research show about the link between sleep and heart attacksobesity and high blood pressure? What can consumers do to get better sleep or deal with a sleep disorder?

On March 9th, 2022, Mayo Clinic sleep specialist Lois Krahn, M.D., and cardiologist Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., discussed these topics and more.

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Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date