A new study shows that “waking up on the wrong side of the bed” isn’t just an occasional occurrence, it’s actually the norm. The average adult American wakes up in a bad mood 300 times per year. I’m not sure if you’re counting, but there’s only 365 days in a year. That means that most adults are waking up in a positive mood only 65 times per year.
If we break that number down on a weekly basis, people are waking up feeling happy only one day per week. The other six days they wake up feeling disgruntled, grumpy, and irritable.
What’s causing the morning grumpiness?
A lot of the grouchiness can be attributed to disruptions during the night. Respondents reported that they woke up in the middle of the night due to temperature issues three times per week, and once per week due to nightmares or outside noises.
Another shocking finding from this study is just how rare it is to get a full night of sleep. Participants in the study reported getting a full night of rest only a quarter of the time.
Americans spend an hour of 90 minutes per night tossing and turning. They wake up an average of two times per night, and they stay awake for 45 minutes each time.
These numbers are definitely bad, so it’s not surprising to learn that 71% of respondents stated that they want to find a way to get more higher quality sleep.
By the numbers: common reasons people are staying awake at night
There were a few common factors keeping people up at night:
- Stress and anxiety – 31%
- Urge to use the bathroom – 75%
- Partner snoring – 30%
- Bedtime differences – 31%
- Partner tossing and turning – 19%
More data about American sleeping habits
The study also revealed some more information about how adults in America sleep:
- 67% prefer to sleep with their partner
- They have sex once or twice per week
- 42% say that regular sex helps them fall asleep
- 60% allow their pet to sleep in their bed
- 23% let their kids sleep with them on a routine basis
- 33% sleep poorly after bringing professional work home
- One-third say that checking social media negatively affects their sleep
- 43% say that watching TV helps them fall asleep
- 47% claim that reading helps them fall asleep
- 41% say that meditation makes fall asleep easier
“Sleeping well on a consistent basis can be a tall task,” says the co-founder and CEO of Hatch Ann Crady Weiss. “Good quality sleep is so important for maintaining our health, yet there are so many factors, from daily stresses and varying environments to pre-bedtime activities, that can disrupt a good night’s sleep.”
If you can relate to the finding of this survey, it’s important to make sure that you optimize your sleeping environment. Sleep hygiene is a term that refers to the best practices you should follow if you want to get a good night of sleep. Make sure that your pillow, mattress, and other aspects of your sleeping environment are perfect for your own needs and you’ll be sleeping soundly in no time.