NEW YORK — If you’re still awake when the clock hits 2:48 a.m., then there’s no point in trying to get a good night’s sleep, a new study finds. A new survey of 2,000 Americans delved into respondents’ struggles with falling asleep.
Results show that just before 3 a.m. is the cut-off point for good sleep. Past that, respondents agree they won’t be getting any sleep. The poll also looked into Americans’ nighttime habits and revealed it’s not uncommon for respondents to have a poor night’s rest.
It takes around 26 minutes for them to knock out after their head hits the pillow and the average respondent only gets six hours and 23 minutes of rest during a typical night. When asked what keeps them from falling asleep, “worries about personal stuff” top the list (45%), followed by being too hot (35%), or dealing with insomnia (32%).
Not feeling tired (32%) and worrying about work (30%) rounded out the top five factors that prevent Americans from getting their recommended seven to eight hours of shut-eye.
Compromising with a partner might be another factor for all this poor sleep. Of those who prefer sharing a bed with a partner (56%), nearly one in four say they don’t like the same kind of mattress. For those unlucky respondents, 31 percent compromise and sleep on the kind of bed their partner prefers. Poor-quality sleep can have a major impact for the following day as the average respondent says a night of bad sleep negatively impacts them at work or in their personal life two days per week.
‘High-quality’ sleep when in the buff
The survey also delved into the different ways people sleep, looking at what might contribute to them getting high-quality rest. Interestingly enough, respondents who sleep naked (vs. sleeping in pajamas) were more likely to report high-quality sleep (53% vs. 27%). Those who prefer a warm room reported better sleep than those who like sleeping in a cold room (46% vs. 23%).
“There are endless factors that can keep people up at night, and we’re bombarded with products from weighted blankets to sound machines with empty promises of solving sleep issues. It’s true, sleep can be treated but only with the right mattress,” says Colin House, CEO of Intellibed, in a statement.
Sleeping in a hot or cold room tells a lot about you
The survey also split respondents by those who prefer to sleep in a warm room and those who would rather sleep in a cold room, looking at the personality traits these two groups display. Those who prefer a warm room were slightly more likely to consider themselves introverted (34% vs. 26%) and were more likely to identify as adventurous and shy.
Warm room respondents were also more likely to enjoy hobbies like writing and dancing. On the other hand, those who prefer a cold room for sleeping enjoy hobbies like gardening and watching TV and movies — and were more likely to identify as funny and curious.
When it comes to their sleeping habits, respondents who prefer a warm room are more likely to take naps, admitting they’ll settle in for a snooze three times a week, compared to cold room respondents, who only nap an average of twice per week. When Americans do nap, there’s not much difference in time. Regardless of their temperature preference, the average respondent likes to nap for about 50 minutes at a time.