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Sleep quality and the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in five European countries

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posted on 2023-03-01, 17:39 authored by Samira Barbara Jabakhanji, Anthony Lepinteur, Giorgia Menta, Alan Piper, Claus Vögele

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to lifestyle changes across Europe with a likely impact on sleep quality. This investigation considers sleep quality in relation to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in five European countries. Using panel regressions and keeping policy responses to COVID-19 constant, we show that an increase in the four-week average daily COVID-19 deaths/100,000 inhabitants (our proxy for the evolution of the pandemic) significantly reduced sleep quality in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Sweden between April 2020 and June 2021. Our results are robust to a battery of sensitivity tests and are larger for women, parents and young adults. Additionally, we show that about half of the reduction in sleep quality caused by the evolution of the pandemic can be attributed to changes in lifestyles, worsened mental health and negative attitudes toward COVID-19 and its management (lower degree of confidence in government, greater fear of being infected). In contrast, changes in one's own infection-status from the SARS-CoV-2 virus or sleep duration are not significant mediators of the relationship between COVID-19-related deaths and sleep quality.

Funding

Andre Losch Fondation

Art2Cure

Cargolux

CINVEN Foundation

COVID19 Foundation

Fondation de Luxembourg, Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg (14840950 –COME-HERE)

French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-21-CO16-0002)

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Published Citation

Jabakhanji SB, Lepinteur A, Menta G, Piper A, Vögele C. Sleep quality and the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in five European countries. PLoS One. 2022;17(12):e0278971.

Publication Date

28 December 2022

PubMed ID

36576928

Department/Unit

  • Healthcare Outcomes Research Centre

Publisher

PLOS

Version

  • Published Version (Version of Record)