Five Clusters of Sleep Patterns

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Do you ever look at the people driving the car next to yours and wonder "what kind of sleeper is she?" Or scan a movie theater before the lights dim and ask yourself "what time did that man go to bed last night"? Probably not. What if by knowing just a little about the sleep habits of the people around you, you could determine even more.

Using data derived from the answers to poll questions, NSF found five clusters or "sleep personality" types. The commonalities are based on sleep habits and more than 40 other factors including age, marital status, gender, employment status, diagnosed medical conditions, how often they feel tired/fatigued/not up to par, and the amount of caffeinated beverages consumed daily.

You may be able to identify with one of these groups more than the other four. The segment profiles for the 2005 Sleep in America poll finds two groups of "good sleepers" comprising a little less than half of those polled; they are called Healthy, Lively Larks and Sleep Savvy Seniors. Three groups comprising 52% of the respondents have sleep characteristics that are not positive; they are Dragging Duos, Overworked, Overweight and Over caffeinated and finally, Sleepless and Missin' the Kissin'.


Healthy, Lively Larks


You are the model citizen of sleep. As a Healthy, Lively Lark, you are someone who is not likely to be affected by sleep problems. You almost always get the sleep you need and you almost never feel tired or fatigued. You are younger than the other groups, often married or partnered and working full time. You consider yourself a morning person who is not diagnosed with a medical condition.


Sleep Savvy Seniors


You are the most mature of the five groups (average age 60), about half are 65 or older. As a sleep savvy senior, you get the most sleep of any group, averaging 7.3 hours/night compared to 6.8 overall. You can say you get a good night’s sleep on most nights, often take two or more naps during the week, and never/rarely feel tired/fatigued. Although many Sleep Savvy Seniors have

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