This Is What’s Ruining The World’s Sleep — And It’s Not Our Technology Addiction


Between keeping our smartphones by our pillows and binge-watching Netflix before finally closing our eyes, you’d think our ever-growing connection to technology was responsible for most of our sleep woes. But it turns out stressing about money and work takes the sleep deprivation-causing cake, according to a new survey.

In recognition of World Sleep Day and with the help of research firm KJT Group, Philips conducted a survey titled “Sleep: A Global Perspective” to help gain insight into the main sleep disturbances affecting people worldwide. They found that worrisome thoughts about work and economic or financial issues are the top two stressors keeping people awake at night. Speaking with almost 8,000 people across 10 countries, the research team gathered information regarding participants’ sleep times, wake times, daily routines, sleeping environments and perceptions of their work-life balance to determine the greatest obstacles in the way of developing healthier sleep habits.

There is no question whether people believe sleep is important. Ninety-six percent of respondents said sleep is valuable to them, and sleep proved the most valuable of the 12 measured factors influencing a person’s overall health and well-being. However, money and financial security ranked a close second, and 28 percent said economic and financial stress was their most common sleep disrupter, followed by work stress at 25 percent.

“Our report indicates how psychological factors can impact sleep, and how those factors can change depending on the times in which we live,” Mark Aloia, Ph.D., the senior director of global clinical research for Philips, said in a statement. “Combating stress is critical to a good night’s sleep, but the toughest part for people is often just getting motivated to make changes.”

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