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If you're a genXer, then you're becoming OLD!! Seriously, gen x was roughly 1965-1981, which would make you nearly 31-49 or so.
Many changes are happening. Hormones are in decline, your body is less capable in dealing with various stressors, YET we're continuing to bioaccumulate toxins within our bodies.
I'd tend to think GenXers are worried about their children's futures, if they've got them, else are worried about their own ability to remain in the workforce as the years roll on.
Most of the species is in a state of insecurity for a variety of reasons. That'll sure as hell cause some insomnia.
I think insomnia is more of a first/second world problem. People who are too busy trying to do things to survive the week are less able to spend their energies in a state of anxiety. They can't afford to stay up all night. They likely are exerting more physical energy than the average first world citizen, as well.
Exercise, sweat regularly, and relax. Besides:
So what's the reason to worry
That doesn't even make sense.
How then does one explain people who are 17-25 who have this "feeling?"
It isn't all about hormones and being old (and the ages you referred to are not old).
It isn't also because people have time on their hands to dwell on anxieties. In fact some of the busiest people I know have described having trouble sleeping and a feeling that something more is about to happen. That doesn't mean they have anxiety - just insight on a feeling. It's a theory but I can rule out about 10 people who don't fit either criteria.