Tips on staying de-stressed and rested in anxious economic times

TYLER, TX (KTRE) - A new survey released this week shows that the majority of American workers are losing sleep over financial worries.

"I used to get a solid eight hours. I could go to bed at ten and go straight to it's twelve or one in the morning till I go to sleep," said Wendy Richardson.

"I worry, ya know, then I can't go back to sleep...[about] bills, how to pay the bills," said Traci Lewellen.

Both these women say before the Wall Street woes, they used to sleep better. and they're not alone. Millions of Americans lay awake because of money worries.

"Right before all this started happening with the economy, I decided to move back to East Texas to be closer to my family so I ended up leaving a job, a career I was with for 10 years," said Wendy.

And Wendy says every time she hears more bad money news, it only gets worse.

"If you look at stress it usually causes anxiety. It releases certain chemicals in the body such as adrenaline," said Dr. R.V. Ghuge.

Dr. Ghuge with Trinity Clinic Sleep Medicine says stress can trigger sleep disorders, especially insomnia, a disorder half of all Americans experience at least once in their life.

"As a consequence of this insomnia they try the wrong kind of coping habits to deal with it such as watching TV in bed, or drinking coffee late, or smoking a cigarette because they are anxious," said Dr. Ghuge.

So what can you do? Dr. Ghuge says finding the trigger and extinguishing it. For stress he suggests setting a regular bedtime and wake time. Maintain an exercise program to de-stress, and to help unwind at the end of the day. He suggests writing in a diary.

"Don't think about these stressful or anxiety provoking conditions when you go to bed. Also, one should try to go to bed when you are sleepy not just when it is time to go to bed," said Dr. Ghuge.

For Wendy, she'll heed these suggestions, and has one of her own.

"The percentage that I used to put back in savings, just double it...hopefully it won't be a very big storm."

Dr. Ghuge also said medicines don't usually work for these symptoms.