A survey sponsored by YNM Weighted Blankets where we investigate the deeper cause behind the reasons so many Americans regularly struggle to sleep at night.
The participants in this survey answered questions about their pre-bedtime habits, their general nature once in bed, and the implications of such in the morning. Over 400 Americans from all over the country and a diverse range of backgrounds and ages provided feedback.
This article will detail everything we learned about those of you who struggle to get to sleep.
You need about 30 - 60 minutes to get to sleep
The overwhelming majority of us take an average of 30-minutes to 1-hour before we are able to fall asleep. In fact, of all the participants who answered our survey, only 52 people suggested they are able to sleep within 30-minutes!
These numbers are staggering. A lot of time just spent tossing and turning, waiting for the moment we eventually fall into a slumber. Accumulated over an entire week, that’s around 7 hours just spent laying on a mattress doing nothing but waiting for our brain to shut off. Which is part of the problem.
Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia
These are the most common reasons associated with keeping us awake for longer than we desire. Anxiety disorder and depression was the most common reason, followed by insomnia and sleep disorders.
Perhaps then, with our minds occupied, it is understandable that so many of us stop using electronic devices, like our mobile phones, right at the instant we decide to sleep.
Over half the participants indicated that this is the point where they’ll put electronics away, which in itself is a well known contributor to poor sleep quality, especially when a filter isn’t applied to dull the harsh blue lights. Most people don’t use sleeping aids
One of the more interesting findings from our survey is the numbers around the use of sleeping aids. By sleeping aids, this is anything used to try to alter the state of one's mind. This includes sleeping pills and supplements, music/relaxation sounds, Weighted Blankets, and more.
However, over half of the participants (252) have never used any to help them sleep! 90 people responded that they have tried them, but to no avail. Whereas 98 people responded they actively use them.
It is common to not have a regular bedtime
It turns out, it is also pretty common to have irregular sleeping habits too when it comes to the time we decide to climb into bed. 183 people responded to having no dedicated bedtime, whereas only 63 indicated that they try and sleep at the same time each night.
With respect to the hours we choose to sleep, the majority of us fall in between 21:00 - 01:00. Even then, 105 people indicated they often climb into bed after 01:00 each night too.
Compare the range of bedtimes to waking up, and it’s a different story. The vast majority of people are up and getting ready for work before 09:00, with even more waking up before 07:00 too.
All of which begins to paint a pretty unpleasant picture. It is common to not have a regular sleeping schedule, only to then struggle to fall asleep within 30-minutes, only to wake up a dedicated hour to then get ready for work.
It doesn’t get much better when it comes to the weekend either. With so many of our commitments being pushed to the weekend once we have free time, it seems that it is just as difficult for us to catch up on a few additional hours to accommodate any lost hours during the week.
We suffer physical pains
Outside of mental conditions keeping us awake, it seems a lot of us experience a range of physical pains too. From general body aches, arthritis, restless leg syndrome; 343 people reported on these conditions as barriers to a seamless sleeping experience.
This isn’t out of the ordinary. As we grow older, and our bodies begin to tire, these sort of conditions are par for the course. There are ways to mitigate the pain, from general medication, to a balanced exercise routine, but it’s hard to avoid these pains for all hours of the day.
Yet at the time of day when we need rest the most, they still prove to be an obstacle getting in the way of a good night’s rest.
We tend to wake up a lot in the middle of the night
This won’t come as a surprise. We seldom achieve a complete sleep cycle without disruption. With only 86 people indicating they tend to average most nights without waking up, for the rest of us, we’re waking up as many as three times each night of the week!
This is pretty normal for most people. A lot of us will wake up during the night, especially if we are sensitive to noises or temperature fluctuations. It can be difficult to create the perfect sleeping environment, no less when we are sharing the bed with a partner. If not that, then our bladder can get in the way, children might wake us up, our bodies are in mind, or our mind is troubled with stress or anxiety.
What does all of this mean?
Summary of findings on poor sleep quality
Getting to the heart of these results doesn’t paint a great picture for those of us who struggle to sleep. Overall, we:
- Tend to have inconsistent bedtimes, yet wake up early each day at the same time for work
- Take longer than 30-minutes getting to sleep
- Are troubled by various levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and general concerns which occupy our mind in the moments before sleeping
- Wake up constantly and seldom achieve a full night's sleep
- Tend to have an over-reliance on technology prior to sleeping, which makes it harder for our brains to switch off
- Often avoid sleeping aids, or have a lack of an awareness of using them, as a means to help us sleep
- Tend to get around 4 to 6 hours of sleep on average
All of which brings us to the head of this article. When it is clear how so many of us struggle with getting a full rest each night, sleeping aids can make the difference. Which is where our Weighted Blankets come in.
Constructed using layers of premium fabric, with pockets stuffed full of microglass beads, this creates a unique sleeping experience unlike any other. The blanket contours to the shape of your body, applying an evenly distributed weight which creates a hugging sensation.
This feeling of being hugged helps to release chemicals in your brain to help soothe and relax you. This can lower your heart rate, slow your mind, and get you in a better condition for sleeping, where you can stay asleep for longer and wake feeling recovered.
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