In a new study conducted by John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in the USA, it was seen that people who suffered from insomnia or had burnout syndrome were twice as likely to get the new type of corona virus.
For the new study published in the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health, researchers evaluated the results of a survey of healthcare workers who were repeatedly exposed to patients infected with the corona virus. Last year, the survey, conducted between July 17 and September 25, was conducted on healthcare professionals in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the USA. Participants were asked for details about their lifestyle and general health, which measures how long they slept after work and their state of burnout.
APPROXIMATELY 3 THOUSAND HEALTHCARE EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATED
Of the 2 thousand 884 healthcare workers who participated in the survey, 568 reported that they had caught Covid-19 in the past. Scientists explained that about 24 percent (one-quarter) of those infected with the corona virus had difficulty sleeping at night compared to 21 percent of those who were not infected. At the same time, it was seen that healthcare workers who came into contact with the corona virus were twice as likely to report more sleep problems or the need to use sleeping pills.
ONE HOUR NIGHT SLEEP REDUCED THE PROBABILITY OF COVID-19 BY 12 PERCENT
However, the researchers calculated that for every hour of sleep increase at night, healthcare workers were 12 percent less likely to become infected, but for every hour of daytime sleep, the likelihood of getting Covid-19 increased by 6 percent. A similar relationship was found in burnout.
About 5.5 percent of healthcare workers caught with Covid-19 said they experienced daily burnout compared to three percent of workers without the infection. In addition, employees who reported that they were very tired in their daily work stated that they had Covid-19 with more severe symptoms than others.
SLEEPLESS AND BURNOUT IMMUNE SYSTEM WEAKEN
On the other hand, although the mechanism behind why insomnia and burnout increase the risk of Covid-19 remains unclear, the authors said both conditions weaken the immune system, which could increase the likelihood of getting Covid-19.
The authors of the study suggest, “Our study suggests that burnout and occupational stress can directly or indirectly cause illnesses by disrupting the immune system and altering cortisol levels. We found that nocturnal insomnia, severe sleep problems, and high levels of burnout may be risk factors for COVID-19 for frontline healthcare workers. Our results highlight the importance of the well-being of healthcare professionals during the epidemic ”.
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