Survey: Americans know how to get better sleep – but don’t act on it.

Survey: Americans know how to get better sleep – but don’t act on it.

Spurred by the Centers for Disease Control’s confirmation in March 2013 that insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic, the Better Sleep Council set off to prevent a “Sleepocalypse.” Focusing on preventive sleep-health measures all Americans can take, the nonprofit research and education group identified gaps in what people SAY and what they DO when it comes to getting a good night’s rest. It was also evident that Americans are not aware of the mental and physical consequences of sleep deprivation.

Survey Details:
Conducted in April 2013 with a statistically representative sample of U.S. adults (18+); a sample size of 1,000 yields a confidence interval of 95 percent +/- 3 percent.

Overall findings and statistics:

Americans know they’re sleep deprived, and they’re doing little to change that

Serious health issues related to sleep deprivation are documented, yet most people are skeptical of the connection.

When asked what happens when they’re sleep deprived, many Americans reported out-of-the-ordinary behavior: