To celebrate the extra hour of sleep we got on Saturday night, airweave, the Japanese creator of premium bedding toppers and pillows, commissioned Google consumer surveys to conduct a study to uncover Americans’ sleeping habits and preferences. Click through for some of their most surprising findings...
Hopefully you don’t fall within the 12 percent of Americans only logging five hours of sleep each night, or the 24 percent who get six hours of sleep. You’re better off, mentally and health-wise, landing among the 30 percent of Americans who get seven hours of sleep each night, the 20 percent who get eight hours, and the four percent who get nine. Note: The remaining respondents selected “other,” suggesting they sleep for fewer than five or more than nine hours each night.
Dressed Up or Dressed Down
The majority (52 percent) of Americans sleep “partially clothed” and 31 percent sleep “fully clothed.” Guess they didn’t read our story on the 5 Health Benefits of Sleeping Naked. If you’re not already, join (not literally) the 17 percent of Americans who sleep “unclothed.”
Some Assistance, Please
While 81 percent of Americans prefer to sleep in silence and 77 percent refrain from sleep aids, 19 percent sleep listening to music, six percent use prescription drugs to help lull them to sleep, nine percent utilize a sound machine, five percent don a sleep mask, and three percent wear earplugs.
Thirty-six percent of respondents say they sleep soundly through the night. Lucky, right? The remaining 64 percent wake up one or more times during an average night’s sleep. And get this, research from Johns Hopkins Medicine found waking up several times throughout the night is more detrimental to a person’s positive mood than getting the same shortened duration of sleep without interruption.
Your Good Side
Take note of the 65 percent of side-sleepers in the U.S.—they’re onto something. Research has shown sleeping on your side can help clean toxic waste from your brain. The 20 percent of back-sleepers and 15 percent of stomach sleepers may want to consider converting from the dark side to the right or left side.
It’s pretty common for people not to remember their dreams. Nine percent never recall them versus four percent who “always” do. Twenty percent often remember, 47 percent sometimes do, and 20 percent rarely remember.
Some Like it Hot
Seventeen percent of Americans enjoy sleeping in a warm bedroom, while 83 percent prefer it to be cool. In airweave’s press release, Dan Pardi, a researcher who conducts sleep research with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford University, said: “A room that is too warm can prevent your core temperature from lowering to its ideal place for good sleep, and a room that is too cold is alerting, which makes total sense: you don’t want to fall asleep and then freeze,” said Pardi. “Aim to keep your bedroom temperature between 62 to 68 degrees, or as close to that temperature as possible on really hot nights.”
Sixty-three percent of Americans reported sleeping on “medium-soft” bedding, 14 percent said they prefer sleeping on a “firm” surface, and 23 percent sleep on “soft” bedding. "Here’s the tricky part: some mattresses that feel really good when you lay down on them at first—the kinds where you sink in, particularly—also keep you hotter at night, and that disrupts deep sleep,” Pardi says.