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Posted by kim carpenter on November 12, 2008
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Up all night worrying about money? Dr. Gail Saltz explains how to relax

With today’s economic turmoil, it’s no wonder that people can’t get to sleep.A report released by ComPsych Corporation, a provider of corporate employee assistance programs, found that 92 percent of the 1,137 workers polled in October are losing sleep because they are worrying about their finances.

High levels of stress are a significant cause of sleep disruption. At night, with no distractions, worries tend to spiral out of control. As you become increasingly anxious, catastrophizing in the dark, you lie awake. You breathe more quickly, tense your muscles and know you will have a terrible night. Following that, you will have a terrible day.

Sleep is tremendously important, affecting both physical and mental health. Lack of deep, restorative sleep can lead to mood alterations, depression, hunger and fatigue. A lack of concentration means work performance suffers. Irritability means relationships suffer. It’s no wonder that sleep deprivation is used as a means of torture.

So if you are facing disturbed sleep in these tumultuous times, what can you do?

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