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Stressed-out Brits lose almost two hours of sleep every night because of pandemic

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Brits have felt more anxious during the pandemic (Image: Getty Images)

More than half (62 percent) admitting to obsessively watching the news on their phone or TV before going to bed. And 47 percent spend up to half an hour ‘doomscrolling’ – continuing to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing. Many found images of Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty stressful, as well as a packed London Underground tube train – and PPE.

A study of 2,000 adults found half are losing between an hour – and two hours of shut-eye – a night.

But with millions of people being plunged into tougher lockdown measures, bad dreams are not the only things keeping Brits tossing and turning throughout the night.

Wellness brand CBII asked Brits what is making them lose sleep and causing anxiety during Covid-19.

Images of Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty topped the Covid stress poll with an extraordinary 94 percent claiming pictures of the pair caused a huge spike in anxiety.

More than half of women (56 percent) confessed their stress levels go up when they see a photo of Boris, while a further 42 percent of those polled admitted Whitty made them anxious.

Worryingly, 35 percent of adults feel heightened anxiety after the Prime Minister’s COVID updates on the news, with a further 28 percent feeling depressed, 21 percent feeling angry and 19 percent sad.

Phoebe White, marketing manager at CBII, said: “These are very emotionally exhausting times, for everyone, and many of us are suffering from heightened symptoms of anxiety or struggling to sleep at night more than usual.

“Using CBD products can provide a safe, natural remedy to help calm anxiety and support a restful night’s sleep, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, restored, and ready to take on the world (in whatever state it’s in right now!).

“We recently ran a survey of our customers, of which 70 percent of the respondents said they use CBD for sleep and anxiety”

It also emerged 35 percent of Brits are currently struggling with anxiety for the first time due to the stress of Covid-19.

Almost a quarter (23 percent) have been affected so badly that they have had to consult a medical professional for advice, with 13 percent are taking a chance with medication to help get through their daily struggles.

Since the pandemic started, 31 percent of adults are struggling to wind down after work, with 54 percent taking action to try and improve their sleeping.

Nearly half (47 percent) choose to read a book, 26 percent limit their news consumption and 29 percent rely on music to lull them to sleep.

Almost one in four (24 percent) have resorted to turning their phone off hours before going to bed to solve sleepless nights, while 26 percent are stopping all conversation about Covid-19 in their household in the run up to sleep.

However, the research also found that it’s not just political and medical figures raising the stress levels of Brits at this time.

Three quarters of Brits (74 percent) found an image of a packed tube to be stress inducing and more than 60 percent felt the same just looking at an image of basic PPE.

Charlotte Dormon, holistic health coach, said: “There are a few things that you can do to build better sleep habits – one of them in particular is to take CBD. That’s something I absolutely swear by.

“If you’re someone who suffers from anxiety, CBD is a really good solution for you.

“Take CBD under the tongue, a few drops under there, I’d like to say give it a go – it certainly worked for me.”

Internationally award-winning research fellow in clinical psychopharmacology at UCL, Dr. Chandni Hindocha, said: “In terms of psychopharmacology, we do know that CBD definitely, at high doses, affects sleep and anxiety.”

In a survey of UK CBD users, Dr. Hindocha found that anxiety was a top reason for taking CBD.

Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty holding a press conference

Many found images of Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty stressful (Image: Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

She added: “People are desperate because their current medical treatments are failing them.

“Society is more stressed than it’s ever been and here comes a potential little bottle that can maybe fix that for you, so why not try it?”

The research also found that politics and medical issues aren’t the only things spiking anxiety during the pandemic, as toilet paper shortages (29 percent), supermarket queues (28 percent) and empty bank accounts (25 percent) are also causing stress levels to increase.

Also, featuring high up the list of triggers is family safety, with one in 10 adults thinking about the safety of their loved ones up to five times a day.

Many are also seeing the physical effects of the pandemic with 43 percent admitting gaining weight during lockdown.

And one in five have stopped exercising completely since the pandemic began.

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