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If you find yourself tossing and turning on a Sunday night, you're not alone.
Sunday night insomnia is caused by a heightened feeling of anxiety, dread and fear for Monday and the week to come
'Bring on the weekend' has become a popular sentiment in the modern workplace but the same isn't often said about Mondays. Sunday nights have become emblematic of looming stress; the anxiety, dread and fear that keeps us up often boils down to one thing: our jobs. According to a survey in Forbes, job anxiety is the number one culprit in keeping people awake on Sunday nights with 75% of respondents unable to sleep due to a feeling of dread about returning to the workplace on Monday morning. Another study published on BBC News found that 60% of workers experience their worst night's sleep on a Sunday. The prospect of dealing with a difficult boss, making the morning commute, and missing a work deadline were just some of the top causes of their anxiety.
We deliberately stay up later on Sunday nights to prolong the weekend
In a vain attempt to ward off Monday, we actively try to stay up longer, immersing ourselves in distracting activities like surfing the internet and watching television when we should be sleeping. This type of behaviour only heightens anxiety and disrupts your normal sleep pattern, robbing your mind and body of the restorative benefits of sleep and worsening the feeling of anxiety. Research by Rockefeller University found that there is a symbiotic relationship between anxiety and insomnia. Sleep deprivation and disruptions to your normal sleep pattern is a chronic stressor which has been attributed to memory loss, anxiety and other cognitive problems as well as serious diseases. Instead of waking up feeling refreshed and ready to start the new week, your Sunday night insomnia becomes the cause of your Monday blues. The good news is, there are ways to manage the anxiety that often surrounds your Sunday nights and help you get the sleep you need to start your week off feeling energised.
Tips for Minimising Sunday Night Insomnia and beating the Monday blues
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