Americans are more stressed than ever before as society continues to wrestle with the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic. The majority of Americans are experiencing higher stress levels due to a variety of factors, such as rising prices, inflation, supply chain issues, and the recent invasion of Ukraine. 1 in 4 employees claim that they are approaching burnout, almost 2 in 3 Americans report “desperately need[ing] a vacation”, and the majority of American adults say that they are often mentally tired.
These stress levels have a direct effect on sleep cycle and qualityLinks to an external site.. High stress levels lead to sleeping issues and fatigue, which makes us more vulnerable to stressors, which in the long term can cause more stress as the cycle continues. There is a large cost of sleeplessness, as it can lead to poor health, decisions, and overall performance. People who sleep less than 6 hours per night have a 13% higher mortality rate, are at a greater risk for being in a car accident, and are much less productive than people who get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. A stark 1 in 3 Americans do not get enough sleep, and therefore suffer these daily consequences.
In order to get a better nightly sleep, Americans can improve the quality of their bedding, or consider investing in more concrete options, such as putting money into personal wellness or time saving options. Self care does not have to be expensive, however, there are many options available for people looking to take time to improve their personal well being, which will only positively impact their overall quality of life.