An Update On American Sleep

So, how are we doing? Are Americans finally “waking up” to the fact that they need more sleep? According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, the answer is a resounding “no”.

According to the survey, U.S. adults reported sleeping an average of only about six-and-a-half hours on weekdays and seven hours hours, 22 minutes on weekends. When asked how often they can say “I had a good night’s sleep,” only 44 percent of respondents said “every night or almost every night,” while 25 percent said “rarely” or “never.”

On top of that bad news, two-thirds of respondents said they watch TV and more than 50-percent said they use a computer, laptop or tablet right before going to bed.

Some other interesting findings:

  • Average number of pillows in bed: 2
  • Make bed every day or almost every day: 66%
  • Change sheets once a week or more: 62%
  • Air out bedroom once a week or more: 61%

NBC Nightly News created this handy infographic to illustrated some of the the findings.  Follow the source link below to the National Sleep Foundation, to see more survey findings from the U.S. and around the world.

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Sources: National Sleep Foundation and NBC Nightly News