80 Percent of Adults Have Trouble Falling Asleep on This Day of the Week, New Study Says

By Elizabeth Laura Nelson, Nov 6, 2022

You’ve probably heard of “the Sunday scaries,” but in case you’re unfamiliar, Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry&Sleep Medicine and a SleepFoundation.org medical-review board member, explains: “Sunday scaries are essentially a form of performance anxiety, much like before a test or a presentation.” For those of us who work a regular Monday through Friday schedule, Sunday evening signifies the end of our break from the office (whether that’s virtual or in person) and the looming thought of returning to our daily grind. “Part of [this] is natural, but it can also be too much, leading to stress, insomnia, and a worsened night of sleep,” says Dimitriu.

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