Unemployment hurts the quality of your sleep. Here's how to get better rest when stressed.

Unemployment hurts the quality of your sleep. Here's how to get better rest when stressed.
A new multi-year study examined the impact of not having a job on one's sleep patterns.Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP/Getty Images
  • New research published in the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that people who are unemployed are much more likely to have trouble falling asleep or suffer from disturbed sleep than those who are employed.
  • Some 6.8 million Americans are without a job right now, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
  • Sleep problems can have a profound impact on one's well being. A lack of sleep is associated with worsening mental health and physical health problems.
  • It's important to prioritize rest and self-care if you are unemployed — you may also want to consider seeing a therapist or seeking mental health support.
  • Sleep doctors recommend creating a time in the day to address your worries, so that they don't keep you up at night, according to CNBC Make It.
  • Researchers have also found that engaging in even moderate physical activity during the day improves one's quality of sleep.
  • Doing a relaxing activity before bed like reading, drawing, or listening to a guided meditation can also help improve sleep.
  • If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.
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