A new survey conducted by the meditation app, Calm.com, concluded that Sunday is, by far, the cruelest night of the week for those having trouble sleeping. Among the 4,279 Americans and Britons surveyed, three times as many of the subjects slept poorly on Sunday than on any other single night. The biggest reason is that during the weekend, one’s normal sleep pattern is disturbed, according to Dr. Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist and insomnia specialist in San Francisco. Anxiety about returning to work on Monday is often a secondary factor, he suggests. “Sunday may be the day of rest but it seems the night of restlessness,” explains Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm, which many users rely on to help them sleep. “Thursday, in contrast, seems the true night of rest.”
In response to the study, Calm launched an innovative sleep-inducing subscription series of bedtime stories for grown-ups, called Sleep Stories. Calm’s more than thirty tales mix soothing words, music and sound-effects to help adult listeners wind down and drift off to dreamland. They have now been listened to over 10 million times since their launch at the end of last year and Dr. Orma, himself, has participated in one of Calm’s non-fiction stories.