Are you getting enough sleep? Studies show that not getting enough sleep can cause us to make bad decisions, and make us grouchy. It can even harm our health. A new study finds that American women get more sleep, on average, than American men do.
With a new president coming into power who famously gets very little sleep each night, it’s a good time to catch up with America’s sleeping habits.
So it’s of interest that SleepScore Labs just released the results of a new consumer sleep study, providing “New Insights from 1.5 Million Nights of Sleep.”
Among the highlights:
- 79% of people get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep.
- Women sleep longer – men average 5 hours, 45 minutes, while women average 6 hours, 9 minutes.
- On average, Americans go to bed at 10:21 p.m. and wake up at 7:41 a.m. – people in the Pacific time zone go to bed latest, and people in the Eastern time zone get up earliest.
- 30 minutes of exercise correlates with 14 extra minutes of sleep per night.
- 50% reported regularly using a mix of two or more sleep aids per night, such as prescription medications, over-the-counter sleeping pills, or herbal remedies/food supplements for sleep.
The national sleep survey and America’s SleepScore program, launched in October 2016, was developed by ResMed (NYSE: RMD) and “The Dr. Oz Show” to foster better public understanding of sleep health.
More than 20,000 individuals have enrolled in the continuing study, which so far has collected more than 1.53 million nights’ of consumer sleep data.
From the study, SleepScore Labs, a joint venture announced today between ResMed, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Pegasus Capital Advisors, LP, has determined a national SleepScore and begun analyzing the data from the most comprehensive and accurate collection of high quality consumer sleep data on the planet, the landmark national sleep study on SleepScore.com.
Other findings include:
- America’s SleepScore is 77 (out of 100)
- More than 30% have a SleepScore of 55 or less
- On average, Americans go to bed at 10:21 pm and wake up at 7:41 am. People in the Pacific time zone go to bed the latest, at 11:17 p.m., and people in the Eastern time zone wake up the earliest at 7:40 a.m.
- New York vs. Los Angeles – New Yorkers go to bed earlier than Los Angeleans (by just under three minutes).
- Exercise is good for sleep – Any amount is helpful, but the optimal amount is 30 minutes, which correlates with 14 minutes of extra sleep per night.
- Children can be both good and bad for sleep – Men with 0-1 children get the most sleep, and women with 2-3 children get the most sleep.
- Having more children seems to impact men more – they lose 45 minutes of sleep per night with 4 or more children, whereas women with 4 or more children only lose 25 minutes.
- Mattresses matter –The type of mattress people sleep on appears to make an average difference of 20 minutes sleep per night.
- Technology makes a difference – First cuts of the data show a clear benefit from the use of at least some smart sleep and wake lighting systems.
Common sleep problems – Excessive fatigue during the day and taking too long to fall asleep were the most common reported issues. Waking up in the middle of the night is also a major problem for many Americans.
Sleep aids – 50% of study participants reported using a mix of two or more sleep aids per night, such as prescription medications, over the counter sleeping pills and herbal remedies/food supplements for sleep.
Caffeine – Three or fewer cups of coffee didn’t notably affect average sleep time, but those who drank four cups or more slept 26 minutes less.
Alcohol – Those who had one or two drinks slept an average of 16 minutes more than people who had more than two drinks – or none at all.
These are some interesting findings. How do your sleep habits stack up?