Dr Muhammad Tariq Waqar, Dr Hassan Mujtaba, Dr Muhammad Rizwan
Sleep disorders involve problems either in the quality, timing or amount of sleep. The main objective of the study is to find the awareness of epidemiology of sleep disorders during COVID-19 pandemic. This cross sectional study was conducted in Holy family Hospital, Rawalpindi during October 2019 to March 2020. The data was collected through questionnaire. The questionnaire covered sleep conditions, stores of infection control supplies, mood and stress, usage of social media and sources of acquiring COVID-19 information, risk perception, and sociodemographic data. The data was collected from 200 patients. About half of them were young-aged (55.0%) and married (49.1%). In terms of social media use, 57.8% spent more than 2 h per day. The majority were recruited from the more educated working population. With regard to sleep deterioration after the COVID-19 outbreak, the weighted proportions of those who reported worsening sleep quality, worsening sleep initiation, and shortened sleep duration were 38.3%, 29.8%, and 29.1%, respectively. It is concluded that COVID-19 is widely spreading in Pakistan and its effects on their sleep quality, sleep initiation, and sleep duration had worsened since the outbreak of COVID-19. Insomnia was prevalent in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 outbreak.