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    Effects of societal-level COVID-19 mitigation measures on the timing and quality of sleep in Ireland

    Raman, Sudha and Coogan, Andrew (2022) Effects of societal-level COVID-19 mitigation measures on the timing and quality of sleep in Ireland. Sleep Medicine, 91. pp. 179-184. ISSN 1389-9457

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    Objectives Under usual circumstances, sleep timing is strongly influenced by societal imperatives. The sweeping whole-of-society measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic may represent a unique opportunity to examine the impact of large-scale changes in work practices on sleep timing. As such, we examined the impact of the travel restrictions and work from home orders imposed in Ireland in March 2020 on sleep timing and quality. Methods We utilized a cross-sectional survey deployed shortly after the imposition of restrictions which assessed current and retrospective ratings of sleep timing and quality; the final response set analysed was from 797 adults. Participants completed the ultra-short Munich Chronotype Questionnaire, the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index, and answered questions pertaining to work status such as working from home during the period of restrictions. Results and conclusion There was a significant shift to later sleep start and end times, as well as delayed time of midsleep on both work and free days, during the period of restrictions. Sleep duration was longer for work days, while free day sleep duration was shorter and there was a reduction in social jetlag during the restrictions. Those who worked from home during restrictions had longer sleep duration on work day and had a significantly larger difference in sleep end on work day than “essential” workers who continued to attend their normal place of work.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as:Sudha Raman, Andrew N. Coogan, Effects of societal-level COVID-19 mitigation measures on the timing and quality of sleep in Ireland, Sleep Medicine, Volume 91, 2022, Pages 179-184, ISSN 1389-9457, ( 12 mth embargo
    Keywords: Circadian; Chronotype; Social jetlag; Pandemic; COVID-19
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Human Health Institute
    Item ID: 16908
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    Depositing User: Dr. Andrew Coogan
    Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 15:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Sleep Medicine
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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