Half of Canadians sleep poorly due to money problems: poll

People sleep over a lot of different things, from relationships to COVID-19. Even the slow start of the Vancouver Canucks is keeping some people awake these days.

Add money problems to that list, according to a new poll from Research Co.

The survey results show that a whopping 50 percent of Canadians surveyed said they find it harder to rest each night because of financial concerns. According to Research Co. the results are up seven points since a similar poll in May 2021.

Health Canada says people should sleep between seven and nine hours a night, but nearly two-thirds of Canadians (64 percent) sleep less than seven hours on a typical weekday or workday.

Only 35 percent of Canadians say they sleep between seven and nine hours on a typical weekday or workday, said Research Co. But in BC, that number fell to just 28 percent.

Part of the financial anxiety is related to job concerns, especially among younger people.

“Two in five Canadians between the ages of 18 and 34 sleep poorly because of employment concerns,” Mario Canseco, president of Research Co., said in a press release. “Fewer Canadians aged 35 to 54 (33 percent) and 55 and older (14 percent) share the same experience.”

The news lately has been filled with concerns about an impending global recession, plus companies like Facebook and Twitter laying off thousands of workers.

A third of Canadians say concerns about relationships and family (33 percent) and health (also 33 percent) make it harder for them to fall asleep at night, Canseco said. Fewer Canadians slept in the past four weeks due to work (28 percent), Canadian politics and issues (10 percent) and international politics and issues (10 percent).

One in four Canadians (25 percent) say they ‘never’ have trouble falling asleep at night during an average week.

The results are based on an online survey conducted Nov. 18-20 among 1,000 adults in Canada.

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