sleep

The average American takes this long to get out of bed in the morning

Half of Americans still wish their parents would wake them up in the morning, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 Americans delved into all things sleep and found it’s no surprise we miss our childhood mornings — as waking up can be kind of a drag. It seems people are just too cozy to get out of bed on time, with 49 percent of those surveyed pinpointing their late starts on just being too comfortable in their beds. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mattress Nerd, the survey found while most have switched to the convenience of smartphones, just under a quarter of Americans still opt for an old-school alarm clock. It takes Americans an average of 24 minutes to actually get out of bed and start the day — after two alarms and hitting snooze twice. And in order to combat these groggy, snoozing habits, respondents shared they change their alarm times an average of 38 times a year. But no matter how often respondents mix up their alarms, outside factors still play a role in their morning moods. The top culprits of waking up on the wrong side of the bed included staying up too late watching TV, a negative event in their personal lives and an uncomfortable mattress. While it’s not surprising to see “groggy” as the top way to feel after waking up, 18 percent of respondents shared they actually wake up happy and another 11 percent also wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and feel motivated to take on the day. Sixty percent of respondents shared the key to waking up easier was simply having exciting plans for the day. Soaking up some morning sun is another trick to waking up easier for 41 percent of those surveyed. Over three-quarters of respondents were in agreement that maintaining a morning routine helped them stay motivated and get out of bed. But when those cozy sheets get the best of them in the morning, the first thing respondents cut from their morning routine was making the bed, closely followed by making breakfast and a cup of joe. “So many things that happen during the day are out of your control. A morning routine is something you can always rely on to be consistent,” said Madison Muire, Editor at Mattress Nerd. “While there are many factors that make it easier to wake up, so many of them are subject to change: the weather, daily plans, etc. “However, establishing a morning routine that you can complete no matter what is happening around you will result in a better morning and more successful day.” Shockingly, the results showed that respondents were more likely to skip out on brushing their teeth than to skip doing their hair when running late in the morning. “If you are getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night, you will spend approximately one-third of your life sleeping,” added Muire. “A mattress can make or break the quality of sleep you are getting, impacting the way you are able to perform when you are awake. “No one mattress is the perfect fit for every person, so paying attention to how you sleep and, just as importantly, how you feel when you wake up can be good indicators of what to look for when deciding what mattress is best for you.”

True..  And, we spend half of our lives in bed, asleep.  So, its worth investing in a really good mattress.  Me personally, I have an adjustable Tempurpedic, and I love it.  Sleep Number is another good option.  And, if you’re snoring a lot, or start to fall asleep and wake up several times in the night, go to a sleep doctor and get a “sleep study” done.  You may have sleep apnea and need a CPAP machine or other similar device.  For more, click on the text above.

Early birds have more sex, make more money and sleep better than night owls, study finds

If you’re energetic and confident, enjoy cooking and believe in love at first sight, new research shows you’re probably an early bird. A look into our sleeping habits revealed some interesting differences between those who stay up late and those who rise early, from our personality traits, hobbies, and even our sex lives. The survey of 2,000 Americans, split evenly between self-identified early birds and night owls, found that early birds have more sex per week, on average than their late-night counterparts. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sleepopolis in advance of World Sleep Day on March 15, the survey gave insight into our personalities and relationships by examining our sleeping style. Night owls were found to be shy and sarcastic, more likely to use Instagram and to believe in ghosts and cryptids. They were also more likely to be single, whereas early birds were more likely to be married and have children living in the house. To find love, early birds are also more likely to have tried online dating. Early birds were found to earn more money and were more likely to work in an office — though surprisingly, they were also more likely to report always being late for work. Additionally, early birds were 10 percent more likely to identify as happy, while night owls identified more strongly as loyal. There was also found to be a difference in gender: Men were more likely to be early birds, while women identified more heavily as night owls. Those who consider themselves early birds were found to have more active hobbies; they were more likely to enjoy walking and hiking, playing sports and exercising in a gym. Hobbies for night owls were more laid-back, however, and included reading and sleeping. (Regardless of what they were into, respondents reported spending just less than three hours a hobby in the average day.) There wasn’t a major difference in the amount of sleep people received — an average of six hours a night for night owls versus seven hours for early birds — but the survey did find some interesting differences in how we sleep. Early birds were more likely to be light sleepers and always feel well-rested in the morning. They were also more likely to identify as clean and organized, and it shows — early birds were more likely to make their bed in the morning than night owls. They were also more likely to dream, and to always remember their dreams upon waking. Night owls, on the other hand, were more likely to have trouble falling asleep, and then perhaps unsurprisingly, were less likely to report high-quality sleep. “More important than being a night owl or an early bird is making sure to have a consistent sleep schedule and get enough rest,” said Logan Block, the director of content at Sleepopolis. “With World Sleep Day approaching, it’s a nice time to reflect on our sleeping habits.” On the subject of sleep, early birds were also more likely to talk, snore and move around in their sleep, and were also more likely to prefer sleeping with music on or window open. On the other hand, night owls were more likely to prefer having a fan on, and enjoyed sleeping with a pet or a significant other in the bed with them.

Fascinating!  For more, click on the text above, and see if their analysis applies/is accurate for you.     🙂

Not sleeping? That may make your social life a snooze

Sleep loss is linked to everything from car accidents to weight gain. But a new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has added another possible consequence of not getting enough sleep: loneliness. The study, published earlier this month in the journal Nature Communications, found that sleep-deprived people felt more lonely and less social around other people. Researchers also found that well-rested people observing the sleep-deprived individuals rated them as more lonely and less socially desirable. And, after the observers saw a brief clip of a lonely person, they themselves felt lonelier. The study involved 18 healthy young adults, and more than 1,000 observers recruited through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk marketplace for the online portion of the study. “I think this is an interesting study,” said Dr. Chris Winter, neurologist at Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine and author of “The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It.”

Interesting..  Thanks to Jessica Peralta over at Healthline.com for this piece.  For more, click on the text above

5 foods to boost your energy if you got a bad night’s sleep

More than one-third of Americans sleep fewer than seven hours a night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And that can mess with your ability to function the next day. In fact, a National Sleep Foundation poll found 45 percent of Americans said a bad night’s sleep got in the way of their daily activities at least once in the past week. Not logging enough zzzs has negative side effects that go beyond just making you feel sluggish. People who regularly miss out on sleep are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, obesity, hypertension and depression. They also have a decreased quality of life and productivity and increased chances of making errors at work and on the road. Poor sleep has also been linked to weight gain because sleep deprivation messes with hunger hormones, so you end up hungrier and more likely to reach for fatty and sugary foods, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Of course, there are some days when getting seven-plus hours of sleep just isn’t possible. That’s when you should reach for energy-boosting foods to help you get through the day, starting with these five. Click here to see our list.