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Lots of people experience issues with sleep after having COVID-19.

Sleep is so important for our health and wellbeing, and when we are experiencing other symptoms of Long COVID it becomes even more important to try and get the right amount of good quality sleep. Generally, the amount of sleep needed is between 7-8 hours for adults, but everyone has different ‘sleep windows’. If you are sleeping well, and you wake in the night, you should be able to get back to sleep quickly.

If you are struggling to sleep in the night time, instead of staying in bed tossing and turning, get up and do something, and come back to bed when you are feeling sleepy again.

Sleep hygiene is the term for behaviours and routines in relation to sleep. Good sleep hygiene is about giving yourself the best chance to get good quality restorative sleep. The Long COVID Rehabilitation Service can advise on sleep hygiene and work with you to establish some routines and strategies that may help you improve your sleep.

In Long COVID, fatigue is really common (see page on Fatigue). Even if you are fatigued, you should avoid sleeping in the day time where possible – day time sleep is known to decrease the quality of your night time sleep. If you do need to sleep in the day time, try setting an alarm or asking a family member to wake you after 30 minutes. If you are falling asleep regularly in the day time and can’t seem to avoid it, you may need to speak to your GP for further sleep studies.

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