Why can't you sleep at night? Does your mind immediately start churning with thoughts about what you didn't accomplish, tomorrow's to-do list and, worst of all, money? Whether it's how much you earn, unemployment or mounting debt, financial stress is a huge burden on Americans and their sleep. In the 2021 Stress in America press report by the American Psychological Association, 72 percent of survey respondents reported that money had made them experience stress at least once in the last month.
The stress from the day comes to haunt you at night — and not in your dreams because you're not even asleep. Lying in bed, tossing and turning, your mind is racing. You could be thinking about the stresses from the day or dreading that meeting you have tomorrow — maybe even feeling the embarrassment from the infamous incident in third grade. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to combat these disruptive thoughts to get the Zs you desperately need.
Most of us have heard of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. This is a stage of sleep when we dream. Many of us don't remember our dreams when we wake but we all dream. If someone wakes you while you're in the REM stage of sleep, you would probably remember what you were just dreaming about. A person who happens to be watching you while you're asleep will know you're in REM sleep by the movement of your eyes beneath your eyelids.