Many Americans struggle to get enough sleep. Despite their attempts to do it all, pressure to meet the demands of an active, on-the-go lifestyle may be holding adults back from achieving the type of uninterrupted slumber that leaves them feeling rejuvenated in the morning.
These issues are common, as the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research estimates that nearly 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems.
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. recently conducted an informal sleep survey that compiled data from 1,000 people across the U.S. who chose to participate in the online survey about how much and how well they sleep.
Furthermore, 55 percent of those surveyed indicated that stress prevents them from falling asleep.
Following these simple steps and winding down after a hectic day remain more important to sleep than many may think.
Twenty-seven percent of the sleep survey participants did not maintain a regular workout regimen.
Engaging in moderate exercise has been shown to reduce stress and improve sleep.
Another way to keep stress levels low is to start writing a to do list or jotting down important thoughts before bedtime. This helps to minimize the worries that keep people up at night.
In addition to stress, other sleep deterrents can include caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Many Americans may turn to caffeine or naps during the day, but these quick pick-me-ups may actually delay getting to sleep later at night.
In fact, 25 percent of those surveyed noted that they drank more than four caffeinated beverages per day. Nearly half of the survey participants also admitted to indulging in a daily nap.
Consuming caffeine after 2 p.m. and napping for longer than 20 to 30 minutes can have a negative impact on nightly sleep routines as the body has difficulty developing a natural pattern for rest.
Instead of trying to exhaust the day’s potential with a double shot latte or lengthening the day by borrowing hours from the night, Americans can get to the root of the problem by taking responsibility for their sleep.
Working to create healthy routines, like going to bed at the same time every night, even on the weekends, can help regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle and make falling asleep easier.
Courtesy of North America Precis Syndicate Inc.