Anxious Sleep May Be Eased Simply, Survey Suggests

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When it’s tough to get a good night of sleep, it can seem like the world is falling apart. Mood quickly deteriorates, and the resulting anxiety can exacerbate insomnia. This may lead to desperate attempts to sleep—at all costs. The Sleep Anxiety America Survey by Zinus assessed the sleep habits of Americans and uncovered shortened sleep, common worries, and expensive superstitions that may worsen difficulty sleeping. Learn from these poll results and discover how a quality, high-value mattress may provide the relief that you need.

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Polling Habits with the Sleep Anxiety America Survey

Sleep is important to health and well-being, but what happens when we focus too much on our ability to sleep well? Are Americans obsessed with sleep and has that taken a psychological and financial toll? To answer this question, Zinus conducted a nationwide survey of 5,000 adults in America.

They discovered some interesting insights. The research confirmed some of what is known—including that Americans may not be sleeping enough—and revealed some common disruptions to normal sleep. Moreover, they found some expensive, ineffective interventions and superstitions that may be fruitlessly pursued to enhance sleep.

Getting Enough Sleep in America

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults get at least seven hours of sleep a night to meet their sleep needs, and some people may benefit from getting nine or more hours. Older adults, beyond the age of 65, may only require seven to eight hours of rest. Unfortunately, on average, we are not meeting these basic needs.

According to the survey, Americans are sleeping on average just 6.4 hours per night. (This is consistent with prior surveys from the National Sleep Foundation, including the smaller annual Sleep in America poll.) Moreover, the survey found that more than a third of people feel stressed about getting too little sleep.

Sleep deprivation can affect mental and physical health. It may cause difficulties with concentration, attention, and short-term memory. Inadequate sleep affects mood, worsening anxiety, depression, and irritability. It can undermine judgment, organization, and job performance. It increases the risk of errors and accidents, including motor vehicle crashes. Chronically sleeping too little may contribute to weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

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When Worry Worsens Sleep

Unfortunately, worrying about not sleeping enough makes sleep worse. Anxiety exacerbates insomnia, and poor sleep worsens anxiety. It becomes a vicious cycle that may be hard to break.

The Sleep Anxiety America Survey highlighted this relationship. More than a third of respondents feel stressed about the amount of sleep they are getting, with more women than men reporting stress. This stress is making it even harder for many people to fall asleep. Only about 40% of respondents reported being happy with their sleeping habits.

What are people worrying about? Many of the usual subjects came to light, but the top five worries from the survey are:

  1. “The future in general”
  2. “My health”
  3. “Embarrassing or regrettable things I’ve done in the past”
  4. “The health of my family or friends”
  5. “My performance at work/school”

These concerns may make it hard to get to sleep, and people who are sleeping poorly may quickly turn to some desperate and costly interventions.

Complicated Superstitions

To get a sense of the elaborate measures taken by people with poor sleep, Zinus interviewed six anxious sleepers. The elaborate sleep rituals, potions and devices, and expensive mattresses offer a glimpse into the turmoil affecting their sleep.

“What we found in these bedrooms mirrored our survey findings: people are stressed, even superstitious, about their bedtime routines. And while there’s no wrong way to hit the hay, our data show that spending more doesn’t necessarily lead to sleeping more,” said Darren Wilson, vice president of marketing at Zinus.

According to the survey, 76% of Americans purchased a sleep aid in the last year, spending almost $200 a year on sleep improvement products. The mattress is one of the biggest expenses: Americans spent an average of $802 on a new mattress, and those who bought high-end mattresses with special technology spent more than $1,000.

Unfortunately, among those who shelled out big bucks for a special mattress, less than half were satisfied with their sleep. In fact, worry was the cause of lost sleep for more people (55%) than an uncomfortable mattress (29%), according to the survey.

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“Sleep Can Be Simple”

The surveyors suggest an opportunity for those who sleep too little: The chance to use a high-quality mattress with the best possible value, providing excellent sleep without an anxiety-provoking price tag. As the company suggests, “Sleep can be simple.”

“We’re about delivering high-quality mattresses that do their job without thrusting those unnecessary extras on our consumers. Perhaps saving a bit of money will even help alleviate some of those worries keeping us up at night in the first place,” said Wilson.

Don’t add to your worry list! Consider the impressive products from Zinus that can help to achieve a better night’s sleep for a wide range of needs. Don’t spend money on additional, unnecessary (and often unproven) sleep aids. Quality mattresses from Zinus have a reputation comparable to the best on the market—all for a fraction of the potential cost paid elsewhere. Skip the bells and whistles that add to the price of some mattresses, but add little value, and focus on getting the right product that can help you to get the restorative sleep that you need. It is a simple proposal that can help anyone to sleep better.

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