Forget about counting sheep, two-thirds of U.S consumers are losing sleep because of money worries. Understandably the uncertainty with health care and insurance bills driven by Republican plans to destroy health care as we have come to know it, is the most common worry.
According to a report by credit card agent CreditCards.com 37% lie awake fretting about saving enough for retirement, 34% because of educational expenses, 26% over mortgage/rent bills and 22% due to credit card debt.
Health care and educational expenses are the only categories in worse shape now than during the Great Recession. Concerns over health care costs have spiked over the past year (up nine percentage points).
In 2007, just prior to the recession, 56% of Americans said they were losing sleep over one of these five topics. During the recession (2009), the figure jumped to 69%. It fell to 62% each of the past two years and ticked up to 65% this year.
Gen Xers are the most concerned about health care expenditures and saving for retirement. Millennials are the most fearful about outlays for education, housing and credit card debt. These issues are cutting into the slumbers of 73% of Gen Xers, 71% of millennials, 59% of Baby Boomers and 48% of the Silent Generation.
People who are losing sleep over money aren’t taking it lying down: 82% reported taking at least one step to improve their financial situation over the past year versus 54% of those who aren’t losing sleep. The most common action the insomniacs took was to reduce expenses, followed by selling something, or taking on a second job.