Nothing compares to a good night’s sleep. That moment when you rest your back flat on the bed, close your eyes, and shut down all the worries of the world is just priceless.
But what if you can’t?
What if you can’t find it in you to sleep peacefully into the night? What if you can’t seem to shut down the monsters in your head? What if you just can’t let go of these terrible thoughts?
Home safety and security are among the reasons why people lie in their beds wide awake at night. A 2015 survey revealed that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 72% of women, do not feel safe in their homes. This is on top of other problems that people are thinking at night, which are obviously making it hard for them to drift away to dreamland.
What are the things that keep people up all night? We listed eight of them here.
Nightmare of financial (in)security
Oh c’mon, how many of you can honestly say that credit card debt and other bills did not keep you up at night, as if staying wide awake would reduce the interest? A research by CreditCards.com found that 62% of respondents admit to being kept awake by at least one financial concern.
The fear of not being financially secure is a cause for worry for a lot of people. While people say money can’t buy happiness, well so does being broke. Money management, anyone?
When a fortress is unsafe
Blame it on action thrillers. According to the FBI, around 2 million home burglaries are reported each year. Every 13 seconds, a home intrusion is committed. That is how serious the issue of home security is.
Unfortunately, it’s the small things that oftentimes put homes and families in danger. Among the top security mistakes homeowners are doing is forgetting to lock the doors, leaving a key under a mat, and displaying all precious belongings near a window.
A reliable home alarm system is this generation’s best defense against burglary. Convicted burglars admit to abandoning their plans when they realize that an alarm is installed. The debate on the best home alarm system available these days goes beyond the reduction of false alarms and extends to the importance of utility. What else can an alarm do?
Over the past decade, wireless home alarm systems were the coolest and most popular security devices. No cables, no wires, no sweat. But these days, a look into home alarm systems reviews would tell you that you can get so much more from a security system. With the power of technology and the Internet, you can now access, monitor, and control your home wherever you are. Remote capabilities also allow you to manage your home’s electric consumption. Now, that’s hitting two birds with one stone—security and energy.
An accident-prone home
In the list of home safety challenges, especially among parents with toddlers, is how to childproof their home. Parents stay up all night until they are sure that their child is peacefully sleeping. For homeowners with babies, crib safety is very important. For those with toddlers who never run out of energy, stairs, slippery floors, locks, doors, sharp objects, and just about anything they can climb, are very dangerous territories.
Living in dangerous times
So, you’re next-door neighbor just reported a case of burglary. Let’s see if you can sleep tight tonight. One of the safety challenges that keep people awake at night is living in a community that they thought was secure, and then proven wrong. At a time when guns can be bought like French fries and at a time when criminals have never been so daring, it is hard to get a peaceful sleep.
Perhaps, the top home security mistake that most homeowners are guilty of is pretending that crimes, violent crimes, can never happen to them. Crime does not discriminate. No community is totally safe so never let your guard down.
When something hurts
Another top sleep stealer, according to a survey conducted by Braun Research, are body aches and other physical pains. The study indicated that 69% of respondents are finding it hard to sleep when they feel something is wrong with their body. If your back or neck is strained or when your migraine does not seem to go away, good luck on getting that shuteye.
Losing sleep over work
People have never worked so hard in their life. A lot of employees clock in more than eight hours a day and are lucky to sleep for five or six hours. Not only will performance suffer, but overall health also takes a toll.
Job concerns are among the top stressors that keep people up at night. You would be surprised at how two hours have gone by just by thinking about your horrible boss. When you leave a pile of paperwork on your desk, you think about them too much during bedtime as if they are going to be completed just by obsessing over them. Job security is another major sleep stealer. When you are not sure whether you still got a job in the morning, you’d really rather not sleep.
Security in the family
We love our families dearly. And that’s also why we stay up wide awake at night thinking about them. Family stressors such as when someone needs medical help, someone goes through a tough divorce or when you don’t know how to pay for your child’s education expenses, a good night sleep is often let go. We want everyone in our family to be secure in every aspect—physically, spiritually and mentally.
Obsessing about the future
A research by CreditCards.com likewise revealed the most common fear among people who can’t get a shuteye: not saving enough for retirement. About 40% of Americans worry that they have not saved enough for retirement and half of respondents approaching the retirement age admit that this concern keeps them up at night.
We work hard today to secure our future and that of our children’s. But when the certainty of a good retirement seems bleak, it is almost certain that people are going to lose sleep over it. So, up your money game now before it’s too late. Invest and save.
Of course, we are just humans and we worry. Sleep is elusive to people who worry. They think too much and they think too hard. For parents and homeowners, security in various forms, is a major concern. Whether it’s home safety, health security, financial security or job issues, they can cause sleepless nights. Do something about them now while you’re wide awake and ensure a peaceful and restful sleep in the days to come.
About Roger Gallager
Roger Gallager is a communications Specialist with expertise in marketing. He is also a freelance writer. He has written about a range of topics including saving, money tips, home improvement, and the construction industry. He has been writing articles advising homeowners on how to secure homes, and deal with home-related problems that will inevitably arise. His expertise in the field is balanced by his liking on aviation, and music.