2015 Sleep in America™ Poll Finds Pain a Significant Challenge When It Comes to Americans’ Sleep

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Monday, March 2, 2015

or excellent health and quality of life report sleeping 18 to 23 minutes longer on average in the past week than those who rate their health and quality of life as just good, fair or poor. Indeed, reported sleep duration and quality decline linearly with each health rating, showing that perceptions of one’s sleep and health are deeply related. 

“Sleep quality and duration should be considered a vital sign, as they are strong indicators of overall health and quality of life,” said Kristen Knutson, PhD, National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America™ Poll Scholar. “Extremely long or short sleep durations are associated with more specific conditions, but for many people who are close to getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, getting just 15 to 30 minutes more sleep a night could make difference in how they feel.”

Making sleep a priority is linked to better sleep, even among those with pain

Americans who said they were very or extremely motivated to get enough sleep reported sleeping 36 more minutes per night across the week compared with others (7.3 vs. 6.7 hours). Even among those with pain, a higher motivation to get sleep was associated with longer sleep durations and better sleep quality. 

“Understanding the importance of sleep and taking a proactive approach to bed times can help everyone improve their sleep, even people with pain,” said Knutson. “Taking control of your sleep is an important step in taking control of your health.”

Editor’s note: The complete 2015 Summary of Findings report can be downloaded at:  http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-polls-data/2015-sleep-and-pain.

 Poll Methodology and Acknowledgements

The 2015 Sleep in America™ Poll was a probability-based online survey of 1,029 non-institutionalized adults aged 18 years or older residing in the United States. The GfK Group (formerly Knowledge Networks) conducted the 2015 Sleep in America Survey on behalf of Mokrzycki Survey Research Services; field work conducted Dec. 5-12, 2014. Sampling error for estimates from full sample: +/-3.3 percentage points, including adjustment for design effects.

Full background, methodology and purpose can be found at http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-polls-data/2015-sleep-and-pain.

The National Sleep Foundation is indebted to Mike Mokrzycki

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