When the lockdown began in the United Kingdom last Monday, March 23, people around the country had to move rapidly to spend more time at home and indoors. Because of the circumstance we are facing right now, it greatly affects our daily routines such as waking up early. People tend to stay longer at bed because they don’t need to wake up early and go to school or work.

Let’s define what grogginess is.

According to Dr. Natasha Bijlani, a psychiatrist at Priory Hospital Roehampton, sleep inertia is the medical term for grogginess when it strikes between sleep and wakefulness or when a person does not feel completely awake. Drowsiness, trouble focusing, and being clumsy for a while after waking up are some effects a person might feel when he or she is groggy.

Professor Matthew Walker of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California compares an old car engine to the human brain as it needs to warm up when it wakes up. Sleeping habits, not enough sleep, or sleep problems could also be the causes of grogginess, he added. Moreover, Professor Colin Espie of Sleep Medicine at the University of Oxford considers having less exposure to sunlight can cause grogginess and lots of COVID-19 news everywhere can cause feelings of helplessness and panic to people that can drain their energy.

Things you need to do when you are feeling groggy:
Continue with your daily routine both evening and morning. Doing better with regular habits, and getting adequate sleep time, are the reasons why it is important to keep a proper sleep-wake routine every day. Also, doing an exercise will help make your mind better especially if you’re unable to sleep.
By doing things like getting rid of a mess from the bedroom and ensuring the bed looks cozy, then people can create a calming atmosphere.