The mood in Britain rose when the children returned to school after almost six months – and fell again when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the “rule of six,” new data has shown.
The grueling ups and downs of COVID-tainted summer 2020 have been exposed by sleep tech company Simba, whose Sleep app monitored the length and quality of sleep of 55,000 users, as well as their daily wakefulness and alcohol consumption.
The data shows that we slept better and were much happier and less stressed after the kids split up for the summer in late July – which ended for many of four grueling months of homeschooling.
The time the Brits slept also increased after school left, perhaps because parents grabbed much-needed loungers and the country’s workforce took annual leave.
Low mood and sleep problems during the summer could be attributed to the imposition of local bans, which at one point restricted a total of ten million Britons.
However, the data from Simba shows that our mood was lifted on July 4th th when pubs and restaurants reopened.
But far from the rush to hit the pubs, the alcohol consumption graph shows that many regulars waited a week or two before venturing to their eatery.
Another highlight was Monday, August 3rd approx when the government’s Eat Out to Help Out program began enabling the nation to finally get out of the house and enjoy inexpensive pub and restaurant food.
And the optimistic attitude of the nation was also evident in the run-up to the results day on August 13th.
But it turned out to be short-lived again – as the dreams of tens of thousands of hard-working students were in ruins after a flawed algorithm downgraded their scores, resulting in many being rejected by their chosen universities.
The rubbing of salt on the wounds on August 13th was also the day it was officially announced that the UK was in recession, a double-blown nightmare that severely affected both the mood and the quality of our sleep.
On the heels of that low point came another push days later when the government made a dramatic U-turn by dropping the controversial algorithm and allowing teachers to grade A and GCSE students instead.
During the late summer holiday, positivity hit a 2020 high before the prospect of an early morning at school or perhaps a return to the office came home.
However, in the current week, in which many state schools have reopened for the first time in six months, there has been a significant improvement in the feel-good factor.
Simba Once all of the children were safely back in class, they saw increases in happiness and quality of sleep under all of COVID-19’s restrictions and guidelines.
But once again that on September 9th everything collapsed th The beleaguered Prime Minister was forced to promulgate the law banning more than six people from gathering for a social catch-up at home, outdoors or in pubs.
The verdict not only dampened our mood, it also affected the quality of our sleep that night.
Fortunately, the emotional roller coaster ride took another boost shortly thereafter – when the Premier League, Football League, and the entire pyramid of non-league seasons restarted.
Dr. Andy Cope, an expert on positive psychology, analyzed the results for Simba, said, “It is amazing how our sleep quality compares to major news events.
“It is evident that it is difficult not to be drawn into the pandemic pandemic around the clock.
“The Simba data shows that for many people, a good night’s sleep has become a kind of lottery, hence our fluctuating state of well-being.
“The pandemic has had ups and downs, while a regular habit of eight hours of sleep would go a long way toward meeting the demands of lockdown, home schooling, social bubbles, and vacation.
“A relaxation of the lockdown, the reopening of pubs and the death of the A-Level and GCSE algorithms have all led to an increase in wellbeing.
“But when schools reopened, there seemed to be a palpable sigh of relief that indicated it was a summer like no other.
“Spending time with loved ones is all well and good, but with many families being thrown together around the clock for five months, it’s nice to finally take the pressure off and give school back to the professionals.
Cope, the UK’s first Doctor of Happiness, qualified teacher and bestselling author, added, “The modern world was already very good at creating fear, and then came COVID-19.
“Since then, the terms“ wellbeing ”and“ mental health ”have been widely used on social media.
“Experts recommend mindfulness, healthy eating, and exercise, while good sleep tops them all.
“Sleep is restful. It’s critical to our sanity and shouldn’t be shortened. “
Simba’s app Tracks a user’s sleep quality using an algorithm that combines factors such as length of sleep and light or deep sleep.
Other elements that come into play are how often users wake up at night, stressing that it was them when they went to bed, whether they were drinking coffee or alcohol, and their mood when they woke up.
From this, Simba calculates a total number of points between one and 100.
Between 55 and 70 is considered a good score for British adults who average between seven hours and 45 minutes and seven hours and 50 minutes of sleep.
The data also painted a fascinating picture of how the initial dramatic global impact of the pandemic resulted in us being hard to sleep and in a high stress state during the phases Simba identified as five key phases.
The “digestive phase” (March 21st) began as lockdown approached and the nation took time to catch up on what was happening.
Then the nation enjoyed a “fleeting high” (March 24th) a week to work from home amid the feeling of joy of avoiding long commutes and the freedom not to be in the office.
The “honeymoon” period came next (March 28) when the reality of the lockdown set in and the mood of the nation collapsed.
Then “Reality Bites” appeared (April 4) as the UK hit rock bottom when Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalized with “COVID symptoms” that later nearly claimed his life.
The stage of the “pandemic plateau” (April 8th) came when people surrendered to the lockdown and the long summer that lay ahead.
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