Our modern world is constantly changing and evolving. Now, there is a veritable wave of technological advancements for sleep. And with new sleep-related research, and new solutions to common sleep problems, it’s a great time to put more focus on getting a good night’s rest.
But despite these innovations in research and sleep-issue solutions, Americans still aren’t getting the rest they need.
A recent study of 3,000 Americans conducted by OnePoll examined the sleeping trends of 2018. And it found that on the whole, many Americans still have bad sleeping habits, or aren’t getting enough rest to function at their best throughout the day.
The study found that the average American got six hours and 17 minutes of sleep on a nightly basis. And this is noticeably lower than the recommended eight hours of sleep per night. Even worse, 32% of Americans reported needing to have the television on to drift off to sleep, (which can damage your natural circadian rhythms and disrupt your rest). And worst yet, roughly 25% of responders said they sleep poorly on a regular basis.
Perhaps it’s why one of the most surprising statistics to come out of the study was how desperate people are to get a good night’s rest! In fact, in one of the most headline-grabbing aspects of the poll, the researchers found that the average American would shell out more than $290 every night to get a perfect night of sleep. That’s more than $105,000 a year!
Luckily, you don’t have to go to these financial extremes to ensure that 2019 is a better year for sleep than 2018. There are lots of little things you can do to improve your rest, which will inevitably affect all areas of your life. From your mood, to your brain power, to having the energy to tackle each and every day, quality sleep is the solution to just about every problem.
So if you want to feel better in every way in 2019, make sleep a priority. To get the ball rolling, add these sleep-related resolutions to your list, and make this your most restful year yet.
Around 80% of Americans with obstructive sleep apnea are undiagnosed, which makes it one of the most common untreated sleeping conditions in the country.
Do you suspect you have a sleep problem due to subtle signs like snoring, daytime fatigue, irritability, or headaches? It’s time to test for sleep apnea.
Modern at-home tests are easier than ever to use, and advanced technology has led to more comfortable and convenient treatments than their old CPAP machine predecessors. Because diagnosing and treating OSA is now easier than ever, there’s no excuse to let another year go by without addressing this common problem.
Being able to connect in so many ways has its pluses and minuses.
But modern researchers are concerned with how much this connection to technology is interfering with our sleep.
The OnePoll study found that the average American spends 15 minutes looking at their phone right before bedtime. And this excess screen time at night can affect our ability to reach the deep sleep cycles we need to feel well-rested the next day.
So allow yourself a break from the modern world, and turn off the screens and distractions before bedtime. As such, you’ll increase your ability to naturally sleep well, while reducing your stress levels in the moments before sleep.
The study also found, perhaps not surprisingly, that Americans who engage in pleasant and relaxing rituals before bedtime got a noticeably better rest than their busy counterparts. These activities included habits like taking a warm bath, reading a book, or even counting sheep – a routine that 15% of Americans still did on a regular basis in 2018!
So find a pre-bed ritual of your own to give your brain and body a well-deserved break, and to make it easier to get some shut-eye. Find an activity you love, and then indulge in the moments before bedtime, and create a quiet and calming routine perfectly conducive for rest.
One of the best things Americans can do to improve their rest is to actually get some sleep!
So if you’re one of the typical modern Americans who achieves roughly six hours of sleep per night or less, it’s time to get more Zzzzs. Doctors continually recommend that people get a solid eight hours of sleep per night. This magic number will ensure you are continually at your best in all aspects, from your immune system, to your ability to think clearly.
So above all else, if you can only stick to one sleep-related resolution this year, make sure it’s to get the sleep you need. By going to bed earlier or waking up a little later, you’re doing your brain and body a world of good.