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CAMARILLO, Calif. — Money and COVID-19 aren’t the only things stressing people out at night anymore, a new survey reveals. It turns out there are plenty of other, somewhat surprising things that are keeping Americans from getting a good night’s sleep — including the cryptocurrency market and NFTs!

In a poll of over 1,000 adults, commissioned by PlushBeds, researchers found that the top bedtime stressors are still politics (66%) and money worries (60%). However, over 55 percent now say thinking about unvaccinated people stresses them out each night. In fact, over 30 percent of these Americans say they don’t get the recommended amount of sleep (at least seven hours) because they stay awake thinking about their unvaccinated neighbors.

Other nighttime stressors include worries about the country’s supply chain (54%), contracting COVID-19 (46%), vaccine mandates (44%), and their favorite sports teams (39%). Another 39 percent of the poll say fears about the volatile crypto market stresses them out before bed. Even the NFT market (or non-fungible tokens) keeps nearly 36 percent of respondents from sleeping well.

Non-fungible token terrors!

For those who actually understand what an NFT is, researchers find it’s not something that’s bringing these Americans any comfort. The NFT market ranks as the number one stressor among respondents who struggle getting into bed each night. The survey reveals people who have problems getting to bed are 85 percent more likely to stress over the ups and downs of an NFT’s value.

Meanwhile, Americans who worry about cryptocurrency are the most likely to report having bad dreams. As for people who have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, worrying about COVID-19 is still the top stressor among these Americans.

Falling asleep gets easier when you’re older

Perhaps not surprisingly, younger Americans have more trouble sticking to their bedtimes. The poll finds falling asleep is the biggest problem adults have, with over 50 percent having trouble getting to sleep each night. However, the problem is even worse among Gen Z respondents (62%) and millennials (55%).

Conversely, once younger adults fall sleep, they usually say asleep. Just under half the poll (49.6%) report waking up in the middle of the night, but it’s a much more common problem among baby boomers (59%) and Generation X (51%) than it is for Gen Z (34%).

The youngest American adults are also the most likely respondents to report having problems waking up in the morning (40%), getting into bed (43%), lacking a desire to sleep (42%), and having bad dreams (31%).

Less screen time and more sweat time can help

So, how can adults finally get a good night’s rest with all these things stressing them out? Reading tops the list of habits that respondents say help them sleep. Listening to music, avoiding too much screen time, meditating, and taking a shower round out the top five helpful sleep aids.

However, in terms of what actually works, the poll finds three out of four people who exercise or go for a walk before bed say it helps them fall asleep. Just under 75 percent of adults who avoid their digital devices at night also say it helps them sleep better.

Reading is actually the most polarizing sleep habit, with 38 percent saying it leads to a poorer quality sleep and nearly 41 percent claiming they sleep better after reading.

About Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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