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Published:March 3rd, 2009 17:22 EST
Are You Losing Sleep Over Grim Economy?

Are You Losing Sleep Over Grim Economy?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"More than a quarter of Americans are losing sleep over their economic woes as the United States reels in its worst recession since the 1930s, according to a new poll.

The poll, released by the National Sleep Foundation Monday, found that economic concerns had 27 percent of respondents tossing and turning for at least several nights every week for the past month.

Americans were worried about their personal finances, the US economy, their jobs and healthcare costs." AFP

I`ve lost many hours of sleep worrying abut the economy in general, and my personal finances in particular. I know it doesn`t do any good to worry, but the brain doesn`t always listen to reason and logic.

Every day brings a deluge of bad news on the economic front, and Americans would be well served not to listen to the news. Unfortunately, that`s not an option for me -- as an opinion columnist I must keep abreast of current events.

A good night`s sleep is essential for having a productive day, and if we don`t get enough shut-eye we might make poor financial decisions that will result in more tossing and turning at night.

I`m curious how my readers are able to sleep soundly when the economy is going to hell in a handbasket. What are your secrets for sleeping like a baby at night? Do you drink a glass of wine or take a bath before turning in for the night? Or do you read my essays before hitting the sack?

The economy isn`t going to get better anytime in the near future, it`s imperative that we find a way to deal with the economic crisis. We are all in the sinking boat together, maybe it will help knowing that we aren`t suffering alone.