Insomnia and COVID-19

In the early stages of an epidemic, there is uncertainty about the nature of the disease, its spread, its scope and the severity of its impact. This can lead to risky behaviour and distress reactions.

As acute insomnia is one of the most frequently reported symptoms in this type of situation, the team of the Sleep Laboratory and Clinical Chronobiology Unit (U78) of the Brugmann University Hospital, together with its university (ULB/VUB) and international partners, is launching a short survey on insomnia during but also before the lockdown period.

We would be very grateful if you would take some time to complete this questionnaire and pass it on to your friends and relatives:

Slapeloosheid en COVID-19. In het beginstadium van een epidemie bestaat er onzekerheid over de aard van de ziekte, de verspreiding ervan, de omvang en de ernst van de gevolgen. Dit kan leiden tot risicovol gedrag en noodresponsen. Omdat acute insomnie een van de meest voorkomende symptomen in dit soort situaties is, lanceert het team van het Slaaplaboratorium en Klinische Chronobiologie (U78) van het UHC Brugmann samen met haar universitaire (ULB/VUB) en internationale partners een korte vragenlijst naar slapeloosheid tijdens maar ook vóór de lockdownperiode. We zouden het zeer op prijs stellen als u de tijd zou nemen om deze vragenlijst in te vullen en door te geven aan uw vrienden en familie:

Insomnie et COVID-19. Dans les premiers stades d'une épidémie, il y a une incertitude quant à la nature de la maladie, sa propagation, sa portée et la sévérité de son impact. Ceci peut amener à des comportements à risque et des réactions de détresse. L'insomnie aiguë  étant l'un des symptômes les plus fréquemment signalés dans ce type de situations, l'équipe du Laboratoire de Sommeil et Unité de Chronobiologie Clinique (U78) du CHU Brugmann ainsi que ses partenaires universitaires (ULB/VUB) et internationaux lancent une courte enquête sur l'insomnie pendant mais également avant la période de confinement. Nous vous serions très reconnaissants si vous preniez un peu de votre temps pour compléter ce questionnaire et le transmettre à vos amis et à vos proches :

To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more

New WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age.

Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives” says WHO Director‐General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains."

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