1

Especially a thought.

Example:

Like last night, I couldn't sleep. This time, however, [...] wasn't my upcoming wedding, but the fact that I was going to get fired tomorrow.

So like a disturbance, but one that deprives you from sleep.

  • Hah. In business jargon, we often ask "What [worries, troubles, concerns, anxieties] keeps you up at night?". – Dan Bron Apr 29 '15 at 11:51
  • The "monster under my bed". – Hot Licks Apr 29 '15 at 12:17
  • Things that go bump in the night. – Hot Licks Apr 29 '15 at 12:45
  • 1
    So you are getting married right after getting fired! Tough break, pal. Good luck. – Tushar Raj Apr 29 '15 at 13:26
  • 1
    Simply it. – ermanen Apr 29 '15 at 14:52
3

Scientific answer: stressor.

Colloquial answer: bugaboo.

(Either of these will fit in your sentence example. Use with "the".)

1

This time, however, my emotional distress wasn't due to my upcoming wedding, but to the fact that I was going to get fired tomorrow.

or

This time, however, the distressing factor wasn't my upcoming wedding, but the fact that I was going to get fired tomorrow.

  • distress (noun) "unhappiness or pain; suffering that affects the mind or body" MW
  • distressing (adj) "causing worry or anxiety" TFD
0

Not disagreeing with Centaurus, but for another approach you could do something along the lines of sleep-killer. (There's a quote in The Scottish Play about that.)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.