Sleep can be so elusive to so many of us, and in fact, anxiety and stress are keeping most Americans from experiencing a good night’s rest, according to a poll conducted in partnership by Gallup and Casper, a mattress brand.
This new poll surveyed 3,085 Americans and asked how they sleep.
55% of Americans claim that getting a good night’s sleep is top priority for them, however, this sentiment does not exactly reflect reality.
Only about one third of Americans claim to get a “very good” or “excellent” night’s sleep.
Another third say they only have a “good” night’s sleep, and the last third say they get a “poor” or “fair’s” night sleep.
The study found that generally young people and women have a harder time sleeping than older adults and men. While the study does not explain why, it is interesting to think about how this disparity came about.
So, exactly how do you get a better night’s sleep?
The study finds that those with a nighttime routine - in this case meaning those who went to bed at the same time every day – we more likely to report that they had a “good” night’s sleep.
If you’ve been tossing and turning, maybe it’s time to get on schedule.
Make a cup of chamomile tea to relax, avoid screens, and wind down from a long day before drifting off in hopefully, blissful sleep.
According to the study, mattress satisfaction also plays a factor in a good night’s sleep, so if you’re not feeling comfortable at night and that’s affecting how you sleep, it might be time to make a change.
Why is sleep so important?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, when you sleep, your body is hitting a reset. This is how the body can recover from the day, which is why when you don’t get enough sleep, often a person will wake up in a bad mood that can affect their entire day.
So set that new routine, get to bed at a good time every night and wake up feeling fresh. Maybe listen to the sweet sounds of Mr Sandman as you drift off.