Anyone have insomnia as symptom of COVID-19?

Posted by mkqq @mkqq, Apr 30, 2020

Hi all,

So I got sick 8 weeks ago and the doctor thinks it might have been Covid-19. There was no way to be certain as the infection was already gone when I visited the clinic last week. They did a CRP test and it showed no sign of infection.

I started with a fever that lasted 3 days and suddenly on the 4th or 5th day I had a sleepless night. Then for the next 5 days I had alternating nights where I slept and where I couldn’t sleep at all. For the last 8 weeks or so my sleeping has been absolutely terrible.

The doctor tells me she has seen other Covid-19 patients and some of they say they cannot sleep.

Just wondering is anyone experiencing insomnia as a direct symptom of Covid-19? Or does it always come down to anxiety and your fight/flight response? For me there is a lot of anxiety which is contributing to the problem.

Many thanks

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I was positive in August. I'm still suffering from side effects, but it's getting better. Fatigue and insomnia are still a daily issue. The insomnia is frustrating for sure. Hang in there and just know you're not alone in this. We've all thought we were going crazy at some point, heck some days I still do!

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I was diagnosed with Covid 10 days ago. I really didn’t think i had it because all i had was a dry cough and a bit of fatigue. My most bothersome symptom was insomnia. I never have trouble sleeping but for the first 5 or 6 nights, I got maybe 4 hours of sleep a night. I was not worried, my mind wasn’t racing, i was just wide awake. Around 4 in the afternoon I would get tired and close my eyes for 10 minutes but that was it. It lasted about 5 days, then just intermittently for a few days after that. Last night, my 10th night, I slept like a baby. It’s a relief to know I’m not alone, this is a symptom I have never seen discussed until now.

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I too have had a sudden change in ability to sleep after having a mild case of Covid. I feel tired but not sleepy and lie awake for hours. If I fall asleep and then wake, again I am awake for 2 or more hours before I fall asleep again. I am not tense/anxious about covid. If feels as if I had some caffeine in the evening or chocolate or some things that I always avoid. Melatonin the last few nights has helped but its only giving me 4 -5 hours.

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I had Delta/covid last August and even with vaccinations got really ill. Never went to hospital but had to use nebulizer as my Sats we in high 80’s low 90’s for weeks. (Collapsed lung) but had to ask for the xray. Lots of other symptoms as mentioned in these posts but the most debilitating is Insomnia. So sick, so fatigued could Not sleep was Wakeful ALL THE TIME. Cat napped, for weeks and weeks. Now 8 months out I get about 4 -5 hrs average ( not all together). Sleep study, cpap, RLS meds. Meditation apps massage melatonin. Only using bed for sleep yada yada. I fall asleepand boing, wake up, 3-4 hrs later and am Wide awake. Try to sleep. Or get io and read the paper. Do not nap during the day so I can sleep at night. Even went to an “ insomnia” specialist, nada!! Anyone try acupuncture?

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I had Delta/covid last August and even with vaccinations got really ill. Never went to hospital but had to use nebulizer as my Sats we in high 80’s low 90’s for weeks. (Collapsed lung) but had to ask for the xray. Lots of other symptoms as mentioned in these posts but the most debilitating is Insomnia. So sick, so fatigued could Not sleep was Wakeful ALL THE TIME. Cat napped, for weeks and weeks. Now 8 months out I get about 4 -5 hrs average ( not all together). Sleep study, cpap, RLS meds. Meditation apps massage melatonin. Only using bed for sleep yada yada. I fall asleepand boing, wake up, 3-4 hrs later and am Wide awake. Try to sleep. Or get io and read the paper. Do not nap during the day so I can sleep at night. Even went to an “ insomnia” specialist, nada!! Anyone try acupuncture?

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I too had insomnia during Coivd illness (lasted a month 12/07/20-1/2/21) and continue with insomnia, still. I initially was prescribed Doxepin (an old tricyclic anti-depressant that is used for inducing sleep) and it worked wonderfully, keeping me asleep all night. Then, I tried CBD gummies for sleep and they worked for a few months, then seemed to plateau, and I was waking up in the night. I took 1/2 gummy as a whole one upset my stomach. After the gummies plateaued, I went back onto Doxepin. I would prefer not to take a prescription medication and have checked into an herbal supplement, Gaia capsules and plan to order and try them on a weekend (just in case they don't work). That is my experience and suggestions. – Kim

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