How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed sleeping patterns in adolescents?
Category: Social Science
Abstract - With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of remote learning in countries across the world, adolescents’ daily lives were largely altered. One of the major changes this new system of learning brought was in their sleep patterns. This systematic review takes a look at the major aspects of adolescent sleep that were altered across the globe, and some of the influencing factors behind those changes. Articles were carefully selected and analyzed using the Prisma method, with 12 studies chosen to be included. After examination, two major features saw significant changes during the pandemic: sleep duration and sleep quality. The changes brought by the end of the pandemic were also analyzed. Overall, positive trends were found in the association between sleep duration and remote learning, with significant increases being observed across the globe. Conclusive trends could not be found in sleep quality, suggesting the presence of another influencing factor. Finally, the implications of the trends found and the reversal of them with the end of the pandemic were also discussed in this article.