Posted on Dec 06, 2019, 5 p.m.
Waking up “on the wrong side of the bed” is not really a great experience, but it inevitably happens to all of us from time to time. According to a recent study of 2,000 Americans most people rarely wake up in a good mood, findings suggest that the average American will wake up to morning madness 300 times a year, that only leaves 65 for good mornings.
This suggests that approximately 6 out of 7 days a week our mornings are disgruntled. A good portion of the grumpiness is linked to nighttime disruptions due to waking up because of temperature issues around 3 times a week, and outside noise or a nightmare at least once a week.
According to the survey respondents report getting a full uninterrupted night of sleep for less than a quarter of the time annually. The other three quarters Americans spend around 90 minutes tossing and turning on average each sleep; respondents reported waking up on average 2 times a night, staying awake for 45 minutes each time.
It is not surprising that with all the lack of sleep and interruptions that 71% of the respondents report needing to find ways to get better and more sleep on a regular basis to combat their morning madness and irritation.
Anxiety and stress keep 31% of the respondents from sleeping as well as trips to use the bathroom come in high at keeping 75% of the respondents awake. 30% of the respondents with partners report snoring as a sleep factor, 31% report bedtime differences, and 19% report that their partner tossing and turning keeps them awake.
Having a partner doesn’t mean that it is all bad because 67% of those in a relationship say they still prefer to sleep snuggled up alongside their partner, but that does mean almost a quarter of them still like sleeping alone. Respondents in a realtionship also suggest that romance is not dead as 42% report that having sex helps them sleep and on average they are intimate 1-2 times per week.
Respondents report being woken by their pets at least once a week; 60% of pet owners allow their pets to sleep in their bed and 23% of the respondents with children allow their kids to routinely sleep with them.
33% of the respondents report sleeping poorly after talking about or bringing professional work into the bedroom, or checking emails before bed, and another third report scrolling on social media affects their sleep in a negative manner.
43% of the respondents report that watching TV helps them to drift off to slumber town, 41% report that mediation helps them to catch dust from the sleep fairy, and 47% report that reading helps them to enjoy time with the Sandman in Snooze City.
“Sleeping well on a consistent basis can be a tall task,” says Ann Crady Weiss, co-founder and CEO of Hatch. “Good quality sleep is so important for maintaining our health, yet there are so many factors, from daily stresses and varying environments to pre-bedtime activities, that can disrupt a good night’s sleep.”
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