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What has coronavirus revealed about human psychology?
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Sleepless nights

The panic is negatively impacting people's sleeping patterns.
Anxiety Coronavirus Depression Health Mental Health

The Argument

In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, multitudes of people have experienced increased insomnia or trouble sleeping. Sleep is critical to our health and happiness and can have disastrous effects on both when itis disrupted. Cognitive effects of sleeplessness include irritability and difficulty focusing. Health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes can also be influenced by a lack of sleep, and insomnia intensifies mental health issues. Insomnia or difficulty sleeping is triggered by stress or change in the quality of life when the body’s fight or flight response partially activates to put one in an alerted state. The COVID-19 outbreak has increased many people’s stress and decreased quality of life, leading to high rates of sleeplessness. [1] In addition to this, the quarantine measures in place worldwide lead to less time outdoors, less sunlight, and readjusting sleep schedules and alarms, all of which further contribute to the problem.

Counter arguments

Sleep problems could easily be influenced by other things than the coronavirus pandemic. More time and people at home could disrupt patterns, not working could lead to more energy, and a multitude of other causes could be to blame. Because it is so popular in the media, people assume their resting is thrown off by coronavirus, but it is actually another cause being misidentified.



[P1] Stress and abnormal schedules contribute to sleeplessness. [P2] The coronavirus pandemic has created stress and abnormal sleeping schedules. [P3] The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to sleeplessness.

Rejecting the premises


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