You Could Develop This "Terrifying" Nightly Problem, Even From Mild COVID
It is difficult to know exactly what course your coronavirus case could take as some people seem to recover quickly, others develop serious organ damage, and others have symptoms that last for weeks or even months. Many survivors have reported a variety of complications, from shortness of breath to hair loss. Now, new reports are pointing to another serious condition you could develop even if you've just had a mild case of COVID: insomnia. "When I fell asleep or fell asleep, it felt like I was stopping breathing and my body would wake up and I would gasp," Franco, an anonymous 37-year-old COVID survivor, told Today. "It felt like you were drowning ... it's terrifying." And Franco is not alone. Read on to learn more about how COVID affects your sleep. For more signs that you could have battled the virus, see If You Can't Do This You May Have COVID, New Study Findings.
According to a survey of more than 1,500 people on the Survivor Corps Facebook group, a resource for coronavirus survivors with nearly 113,000 members, half of those who have recovered from COVID have reported sleep disorders as a long-term effect of the virus. But it's not just a typical struggle to close your eyes and rest. Patrick Hobart, a 41-year-old who had COVID in March, also said today he was still "scared of sleeping" even seven months after he recovered. And neither Franco nor Patrick's case was serious enough to have to be hospitalized for the virus.
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Meir Kryger, MD, sleep researcher and professor at the Yale School of Medicine, said today that he has seen many patients with various types of "really significant" long-range symptoms related to sleep, including insomnia. This sleep disorder can make it difficult for people to fall asleep, fall asleep, or sleep long enough, and it has varying degrees of severity.
Kryger says that this development of insomnia is most likely due to mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He notes that one of his patients even had severe depression after COVID because he was afraid of dying of shortness of breath in his sleep. Of course, as with a novel virus like COVID, there is still a lot of research to be done regarding sleep disorders related to the disease, according to Kryger.
However, insomnia and other sleep problems are not the only long-term problems that coronavirus survivors can experience. Read on to find out which issues are the most common on the Survivor Corps Facebook group, from the least common to the most common. And for other helpful developments you should know, the CDC is now saying you can catch someone's COVID at this very time.
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And for another factor to monitor for COVID, you should be aware that a deficiency in this vitamin puts you at serious risk of COVID, according to a study.
Inability to exercise or be active
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And for other signs of the disease, check if your food tastes like these 2 things, you may have COVID.
Difficulty concentrating or focusing
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Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
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Muscles or body pain
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A tired man adjusts his face mask outdoors during the COVID-19 crisis.
And if your sense of smell is wrong right now, if you can't smell these two things, you may have COVID.
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