COVID-19 taking a toll on emotional, physical well-being

February 07 2021 06:00 pm

HARLINGEN, Texas — Anxiety caused by the pandemic can have an effect on sleep patterns, which can lead to negative impacts on your health.

According to a survey conducted by, 31 percent of people are sleeping less due to anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Christopher Romero, a Physician Advisor at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen says this is a natural reaction that can disrupt your sleep pattern.

“As this pandemic has changed our daily lives worldwide. It will have an impact on your mental and emotional health,” Dr. Romero explained over a remote interview with CBS 4.

He says social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation.

“The more we can keep ourselves healthy. The better we’ll be able to rest and get through this together,” he added.

In order to get good sleep, doctors recommend cutting down time on social media. 

Following with a exercise and eating healthy.

These are habits that even those involved in the fight against COVID-19 like Dr. Romero have been incorporating religiously for their own well-being. 

“I have tried to keep up a regular exercise routine that’s for my own sanity,” said Romero. “This is a stressful time we are all busy day and night. But we’re in this for a good reason and having that reassurance that we’re doing everything we possibly can for our community to at least sleep well at night.”

With the additional time in our hands adapting these habits could help not just release stress but also improve your sleep.

For those having mental health issues or in need assistance during this time, Texas has put out a hotline, which can be reached at 833-986-1919.

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