FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010
Contact: Jennifer Cowher Williams
National Sleep Foundation
Phone: (202) 347-3471 ext. 211
Washington, DC, January 25, 2011—Bedrooms are important to getting a good night’s sleep, according to the first ever Bedroom Poll from the National Sleep Foundation.
The poll found that Americans love their bedrooms and believe that comfort and cleanliness are fundamental to good sleep.
Almost Half of Americans Are “Great Sleepers” While most Americans believe their bedrooms are important to good sleep, only about four in ten Americans (42%) are “great sleepers” who say they get a good night’s sleep every night or almost every night.
A major difference between a “great sleeper” and someone who only gets a good night’s sleep a few nights a week or less is how much time they report sleeping. “Great sleepers” say they sleep on average about an hour longer than other groups.
On weekdays, “great sleepers” say they sleep an average of seven hours and nine minutes compared to an average sleep time of six hours and two minutes for those who report getting good sleep less often. Even on weekends, “great sleepers” say they get more sleep, sleeping for an average of seven hours and 41 minutes versus the other group’s six hours and 52 minutes average.
“Love your bedroom and make it the best place you can,” says David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation, “but at the end of the day, it’s crucial to give yourself enough time to wind down and get the seven to nine hours of sleep that most people need to feel their healthiest and best.”
Americans Love Their Bedrooms The vast majority of Americans, more than nine out of ten, say that mattresses and pillows are important to getting a good night’s sleep, and more than three-quarters of Americans also believe that the comfortable feel of sheets and bedding are important.
Also high on the list were cool temperature, clean air free of allergens, and a