Apparently America is tired, but doesn’t care to do anything about it. According to a recent survey, nearly half of all Americans say they’re sleep deprived, and the majority of those 157 million Americans aren’t taking simple steps to get better sleep – even though they know simple actions can lead to more restful nights.
The survey, conducted by the Better Sleep Council, identified gaps in what people SAY they believe leads to better sleep and what they actually DO to achieve a good night’s rest. The Better Sleep Council also tested Americans’ knowledge of the mental and physical consequences of sleep deprivation.
Here are some additional findings from the survey:
“Simple things like turning off cell phones, not eating in bed and sleeping on a comfortable mattress rank highest on the list of missed opportunities,” said Karin Mahoney, director of communications, Better Sleep Council. “Part of the problem is that people think they can push through their lack of sleep without negative effects. Men, in particular, are more likely to believe they can train themselves to function normally on less sleep, but studies show that just isn’t true.”