Millennials spend the equivalent of 63 full days a year stressed out and worried.
The study, which examined 2,000 millennials, determined the most common worries plaguing young Americans, as well as the impact of stress on their lifestyles and sleep routines.
The constant worry has prevented a number of young Americans from enjoying a full night’s rest.
Yikes! Although the number is high for millennials, waking up in the middle of the night due to stress is something everyone can relate to
With most millennials (79 per cent) saying they don’t feel like themselves after a poor night’s sleep, it is important to understand what causes their stressed behavior.
The research, commissioned by Mattress Firm, found that 47 per cent endure regular stress, with the average millennial spending just over four hours each day worrying about something.
In addition, as many as 71 per cent wake up in the middle of the night thinking about current stressors up to three times during a typical week.
Even with the average person sleeping for six hours a night, 91 percent say stress has negatively impacted their sleep routines.
In fact, 45 per cent state that the constant worrying has caused them to repeatedly toss and turn throughout the night – and nearly six in ten (59 per cent) say stress causes them to wake up feeling tired.
Replaying arguments with new comebacks aren’t going to help your cause, neither will scrolling through Instagram and Twitter
Results also revealed the average young American spends nearly three months (or 88 days) a year stressing on finances alone.
While money is the biggest stressor for Americans between the ages of 18 and 35, severe fatigue and personal health concerns are also top issues causing a mental burden on millennials.
On top of finances, the research also found work-related stress to be an area of major concern – with 79 days a year estimated as the average burden.
More than half (52 per cent) say they typically begin their working day already fatigued, and the average respondent wakes up tired four days a week.
Nearly a third of millennials have made simple mistakes at work as a result of losing sleep due to stress.
Which category do you fall under? If you keep stressing, you suffer a fate of no sleep followed by mistakes at work, being irritable and not feeling like yourself
So stressing over the president’s decisions, whether your boyfriend loves you or not, and if your parent’s will live long enough to see your kids don’t help with sleep? Interesting
In fact, the research found that 55 per cent become irritable and 11 per cent have even been rude to their clients as a result of not getting a good night’s sleep.
Our love lives don’t always sail smoothly either – 15 per cent of those in relationships admitted to significant stress about worrying if their partner is ‘the one.’
One in six millennials also worries about the lack of progress in their relationship, with 15 percent of single millennials worrying they won’t ever find a suitable partner.
‘The survey results show Millennials spend a huge portion of their time fatigued by mental and emotional stress,’ said Sicily Dickenson, Chief Marketing Officer for Mattress. ‘Results also indicate that many young Americans are not getting enough sleep which will only serve to make things worse.’
TOP TEN MILLENNIAL STRESSES
Tired/lack of sleep
Future of the country
Recent argument with partner
Lack of progress in a relationship
HOW MILLENNIALS REACT TO STRESS
Become impatient with others
Try and ignore it
Withdraw from friends
Treat myself to favorite snack/food
Withdraw from family
Talk to a friend
Change in sexual desire or responses
WHAT PREVENTS A FULL NIGHT’S REST
Work related things to do
SIDE EFFECTS OF POOR NIGHT’S SLEEP
Become more stressed/anxious
Snapped at partner
Slowness in thinking, comprehending
Made simple mistakes at work
Too tired to have sex
Change in eating habits
Sicily continued, ‘In fact, as the data shows, not sleeping well is one of the top two things Millennials routinely get stressed over. Taking time to make sure the pursuit of good sleep is prioritized will grant many benefits to a person’s mental and physical wellbeing.’
From the research, poor sleeping habits of millennials can be attributed to the stress involved with finances, workload and relationships – but can also be found within their quality of sleep.
Three in ten millennials are dissatisfied with the quality of sleep they typically receive and blame a number of factors such as an uncomfortable mattress and pillow, mobile devices, TVs and stress.
The relationship between sleep and stress has become a vicious cycle for millennials, as mental health and stress levels can be negatively affected by poor sleep quality.
Dickenson continued, ‘The importance of consistently getting a full night’s rest can never be underestimated, but with hectic modern lifestyles and other pressures it can sometimes be hard to obtain.’