We spend a lot of time on this site talking about the accumulation of sleep debt, the intangible sleep deprivation force that builds up each time you fail to pay your sleep need. Of course, many things can contribute to our accumulation of sleep debt, outside factors such as busyness and stress included.
Things perhaps get a bit ironic if money problems enter the picture and your financial debt starts feeding your sleep debt. In this case, two debts are certainly not better than one.
Such financial issues can sometimes trigger viscous cycles where the external stress leads to lost sleep, which in turn can lead to lost earning productivity and deeper stress as felt through the lens of sleep deprivation. One augments the other, and vice versa. Because of these types of cycles, it's important to nip the external issues in the bud when possible.
When it comes to financial debt influencing your sleep debt, this guest article will try to provide you a bit of information so that you don't dig yourself deeper in either hole, but actually get out of both debts.-----
If you're in debt, you'll know all too well that it can be pretty stressful. However, if it's reached the stage where you're actually accumulating a sleep debt over the money you owe, you should take action immediately, for the sake of your health and your finances.
Let's take a look at how you could regain control over your finances and really work on repaying the money you owe.
Seek professional debt advice
One of the first things you should do if you're struggling to keep track of your debts is seek professional debt advice.
You might just need a little advice on how to improve your budgeting skills, for example, or your adviser may offer to put you in touch with a debt consolidation company, who might be able to help you simplify your finances by consolidating your debts.
However, if your debt problems are more serious and require more specific help, you may be advised to look into some other debt solutions, like debt management, for example.
Take things one step at a time
It's important that you don't let things get on top of you when dealing with your debts--take things one step at a time. You can't pay back a large sleep debt in one night, nor can you get rid of your financial debts overnight. So simply take a step back remind yourself that it's a process. It might take a while for some, but for both sleep debt and financial debt, taking things one focused step at a time will eventually get you there.
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