A new survey from Mattress Firm says around 70 million of us suffer from this sleep disorder or that. It notes that we — on average — have 99 nights a year where we can’t sleep all that well.
Sunni Goodman handles communications and customer experience services for Mattress Firm. Goodman said — depending on who you talk to — the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep a day to be properly rested and restored.
“Bedtime routines and habits can make or break the quality of sleep you get each night, and how we sleep has a direct impact on how well we function every day. If we’re not well-rested, we can’t perform our best,” Goodman said.
In the survey — that was also a study — Mattress Firm wanted to know the difference in sleep quality in different sleeping positions. The largest number — 37% — said they prefer falling asleep on their side but most agree that the best sleep they get is when they’re sleeping on their back.
As for sleeping. The 3,000 respondents:
• Averaged 106 perfect nights of sleep a year
• As noted earlier, have 99 “terrible” nights of sleep a year
• Attempt 107 naps a year
• Are only able to successfully nap 93 times per year
And there’s more:
• The study found those sleep with a pet sleep better than those that don’t
• 37% say they fall asleep on their side but most agree they sleep better on their back
• 32% say they need the TV on to fall asleep
• Almost everyone in the survey say they spend 15-minutes on their mobile device before going to sleep
• 42% say they read a book before turning out the lights
• 41% say they take a warm bath or a shower before going to bed
• 40% will check into a specific movie or a TV show while in bed
• 25% — and Mattress Firm swears this is true — count sheep to fall asleep
• Others meditate for at least 10-minutes before going to bed
• Some eat a bowl of kiwi fruit
Did you know?
This latest study may well indicate a role for kiwifruit and other high-antioxidant foods in treating sleep problems. Beyond its strength as an antioxidant, kiwi is also a fruithigh in serotonin. Research indicates that manipulation of levels of serotonin up or down can promote or inhibit sleep.
As for those 99-days of awful sleep, and for the 35% that don’t get seven hours a night of sleep, Mattress Firm found — on average — we’d pay $290 to turn them into a good night’s sleep. Add that up for 365 days and it’s over $100,000.
The company also asked people to give tips for getting a good night’s sleep:
• A cool room
• Blankets rolled up to elevate the legs
• A loud fan to drown out sounds in the home or outside
• Count the number of breaths
• Lavender as a diffuser
• Listen to radio or to a podcast
• No sugar for four hours before going to bed
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