The Nation Sleeps Not, As Stress Strains Society

Have you or a loved one been under extreme duress as of late?  Are you always anxious?  Nervous?  Fidgeting?  Are you not sleeping well?

Well you may not be alone.  It looks as though the immense pressures of the modern world are getting to Americans in unique and disturbing ways as of late.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans say they occasionally lose sleep because they are worried about something, according to a survey released Thursday. Many people, 41 percent, say they worry about their relationships. Financial concerns came in a close second, with 36 percent of Americans saying money worries keep them up at night.

Millennials are apparently the most affected by these concerns.

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Among the generations, older millennials (ages 28 to 37) are most likely to say they lose sleep because they are worried about something, with 77 percent experiencing this problem. Most older millennials, 49 percent, are worried about their relationships, with money concerns coming in second at 43 percent. However, this age group is the most likely to be stressed about money, followed by Generation Xers (ages 38 to 53) at 41 percent.

And what about the older folks?

Money is also the top reason (39 percent) younger baby boomers (ages 54 to 63) toss and turn at night. Americans who say money is a stressor reported that saving for retirement is their top concern (18 percent), followed by credit card debt (14 percent). Gen Xers and baby boomers are particularly concerned about saving for retiring, with 22 percent and 25 percent, respectively, reporting this worry keeps them up at night. Seventeen percent of millennials lose sleep thinking about their education costs, compared to just 6 percent of older adults who say the same.

When it came to political stress, only 14% of those who participated in the study said that they were losing sleep over the comings and goings in the nation’s capital, which seems surprising to this writer…but, then again, political commentary does tend to take up a good bit of my day.



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