There’s No Place Like Home for Sleep According to New National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Poll

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2012 -- A new National Sleep Foundation poll shows that when it comes to sleep, there really is no place like home. The National Sleep Foundation 2012 Bedroom Poll asks Americans about key elements of their bedrooms.

“This poll shows that Americans are taking control of their bedrooms and they are happy with the results,” says David M. Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation.

A Good Night’s Sleep How happy? More than three-fourths (76%) of those surveyed say that they had a good night’s sleep at least a few nights a week. About Nine out of ten (93%) rate having a comfortable mattress and pillows (91%) as important to getting a good night’s sleep, followed closely by comfortable sheets (86%), a quiet room (74%) and bedroom darkness (73%). The poll shows that of people who report having room darkening curtains in their bedroom, 44% report managing light five out of seven nights. Surprisingly, 35% say they have no bedroom curtains or shades.

“Managing darkness in the bedroom contributes to better sleep,” says Cloud.

Bedrooms Better Than Quality Hotel Rooms The poll reveals that a majority of Americans feel that their bedroom is better than a quality hotel room. More than one-half of respondents rate their pillows (62%), quiet room (59%), sheets (56%) and mattress (55%) as better than a quality hotel’s.

Still Not Sleeping Soundly Although the poll shows more Americans are making sleep a priority, too many say that they are still having problems sleeping. About four in ten (41%) report problems with tossing and turning at least a few nights a week. Nearly one-fourth of respondents (24%) say that partner movement disturbs their sleep at least a few nights a week.

Behind Closed Doors The 2012 Bedroom Poll also provides key insights into what are usually private bedroom decisions, rituals and traditions. For instance, Americans say that when it comes to creating a romantic environment, 73% feel that sheets and bedding are important, followed closely by the mattress (71%). Interestingly, 63% say they sleep most nights with a significant other while more than