Survey: Almost half of all Americans don’t wake up feeling rested

Getting to sleep and staying asleep is a delicate exercise. As a result, only 40% of people don’t wake up feeling well-rested.

Is seven hours too much to ask for? That’s how much sleep 89% of Americans say they’d like to get every night, according to a YouGov survey of 1,288 adults. Seven hours of shuteye is also how much the Mayo Clinic recommends.

But racing thoughts, mysterious noises, kids, pets, and insomnia intervene, and only 59% get that coveted seven hours most nights.


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As a result, only 40% of people don’t wake up feeling well-rested. (Apparently, it doesn’t matter what position you sleep in if you’re not getting enough sleep).

Getting to sleep and staying asleep is a delicate exercise: 51% of respondents said they were light sleepers, and half said they would like to have total silence as they tried to fall asleep. Recommendation: a white-noise machine.

Then there are the people and animals in the bed getting in the way of a good night’s sleep: while 54% of marrieds said that they each took up their fair share of the bed, which leaves a little under half of couples with a better half hogging the bed. Still, 56% of married people agreed with the statement that they slept better with their partner in bed with them. (A quarter said this about their pets, while 41% disagreed that Fido improved things at night).

Side-sleeping was the most popular position, with 59% snoozing in the fetal position. 14% slept on their stomachs. Interestingly, when broken down by generation, almost a quarter (24%) of Millennials slept on their stomachs – while only 15% of Gen X and 8% of Boomers did so. In other data, Millennials have admitted to sleeping with their phones, and two-thirds have said they sleep nude, so perhaps this should come as no surprise.


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Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.