The daily stresses of work and home life are wreaking havoc on Kiwis' sleeping habits, according to a new survey.
A sleep census by Sealy New Zealand reveals that 50 percent of New Zealanders are currently feeling stressed to the point that it's affecting their sleep.
Stress at work was ranked highly by Kiwis, with 40 percent of people saying work stresses were impacting the quality of their sleep, while 28 percent also listed stress at home as a barrier to sleep.
Dr Tony Fernando, an insomnia and sleep specialist from the University of Auckland, says daily stresses have a huge impact on the country's collective sleeping patterns.
"Stress and very busy minds are two of the top causes I see keeping people awake at night," says Dr Fernando.
"Many of my patients worry about work, money, family, health, relationships, what they have said earlier in the day and what people might think of them. They also worry that they will not be able to function the next week day when they struggle to sleep that night," he explains.
However, Dr Fernando says there are many ways to help combat stress in the quest for a better night's sleep.
"Sometimes, the worrying circuit kicks in because you go to bed earlier than your body naturally wants. Even though adults require an average of eight hours sleep, many people function extremely well with only six or seven hours."
"Sometimes, not going to bed until you are sleepy can really help. When you go to bed sleepy, the brain does not have the energy to worry," he says.