What Makes A Good Night's Sleep

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Great news: more than three-fourths (76%) of those surveyed say that they had a good night’s sleep at least a few nights a week! Most people say they sleep an average of 6 hours and 44 minutes on work nights and 7 hours and 35 minutes on non-work nights.

Importance of Bedroom Elements to a Good Night’s Sleep

We wanted to know what people felt was important to getting good sleep. We asked respondents to rate the importance of several elements of their sleep experience, using a 5-point scale from 5 (very important) to 1 (not important at all). About nine in ten rated a comfortable mattress (93% rated 4-5), comfortable pillows (91%) and a comfortable feel of sheets and bedding (86%) as important in getting a good night’s sleep.

About six in ten or more rated the following bedroom elements as important to getting good sleep:

  • Quiet room (74%)
  • Dark room (73%)
  • Cool room temperature (67%)
  • Fresh air, free of allergens (63%) and/or
  • Clean bedroom (62%).

In comparison, nearly three in ten (29%) rated a relaxing bath or shower just before bed and 12% rated use of a prescription or over the counter sleep aid as important to good sleep.

Good Night Sleep

Choosing Products for the Bedroom

We wanted to know what factors were in play when people purchased items for their bedroom. Were they thinking most about how the product looks or were they more concerned with function?

Respondents were asked if they strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree with the statement “I choose bedroom products that…”

  • Will help me sleep well;
  • Look great for visitors; and
  • Make my bedroom more livable when I am not sleeping.

The majority of respondents (87%) agree that they choose bedroom products that will help them sleep better. One-third (33%) strongly agree with this statement.

Almost three-fourths of the respondents (73%) agree they choose bedroom products that make their bedroom more livable when they are not sleeping.

One-half of the respondents (50%) agree that they choose bedroom products that look great for visitors.

Mattresses and Sleep

More than 9 out of 10 respondents told us that their mattress was important to their sleep experience. So we asked them more questions about their mattress. We asked if they experience any problems when sleeping on their mattress on a 5 point scale from every night or almost every night to never.

About four in ten (41%) said they have problems with tossing and turning at least a few nights a week. Nearly one- fourth of the respondents (24%) said they have problems with partner movement when sleeping on their mattress at least a few nights a week. Fewer than two in ten said they have the following problems when sleeping on their mattress at least a few nights a week:

  • Lack of support leading to back and/or neck pain (18%);
  • Mattress sags in the middle or on the edges (17%);
  • Mattress is comfortable for one of us, but not the other (17%); and/or
  • Can’t find a comfortable temperature (17%).

About one in ten or fewer said they have the following problems when sleeping on their mattress at least a few nights a week:

  • Mattress is not big enough for me (or my partner) (11%);
  • Mattress materials shift (10%);
  • Mattress is too firm (8%); and/or
  • Mattress is too soft (5%).

 

Good Night Sleep Clocks

Find out more about sleep on the NSF website here.

Read the bedroom poll results and find out how you compare!