The COVID-19 Pandemic Is a Perfect Storm for Sleep Challenges

March 29, 2021
Manoj Malhotra, MD

Key considerations for healthcare providers seeking to manage their patients’ insomnia.

Between mid-February and mid-March 2020, the number of sleep prescriptions in the United States rose by 14.8%. The increase may be due to the pandemic, says Manoj Malhotra, MD. Based on his experience, he says “the current environment, with myriads of shifts in our day-to-day lives, is a perfect storm for sleep challenges.”

In this Mental Health Minute, Malhotra explains how to distinguish between a general lack of sleep and chronic insomnia, and how to treat the latter.

Dr Malhotra is vice president, United States medical affairs for the neurology business group at Eisai.

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