Recent statistics show more Americans are choosing to ignore the “don’t lose sleep over it” advice and allowing stress to keep them awake at night. According to a new survey of approximately 2,000 people conducted by the Better Sleep Council (BSC), 51 percent of Americans say stress disturbs their sleep. Work related issues, followed by family and children-related issues top the list of what keeps America up at night.
“We can’t control every factor that contributes to stress, but we can control making time to get the sleep we need so that we feel less cranky and more productive the following day,” says Helen Sullivan of the Better Sleep Council. “Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night gives us energy, clear thinking and strength to deal with life’s daily stresses.”
Americans who bring stress into the bedroom aren’t the only ones finding it hard to fall asleep at night — it affects their partners as well. According to the Better Sleep Council survey, 45 percent of Americans say they toss and turn throughout the night because of their partner’s sleeplessness over stress. The survey also said that 36 percent of Americans lose sleep because of stress more than once a week.
“When dealing with stress, prioritize the things that you can control,” says Sullivan. “For instance, you can control your sleep environment. Be sure you are sleeping in a cool, quiet, dark room on a comfortable and supportive mattress. Improving the quality of your sleep gives you more energy and keeps you focused to tackle the demands we face every day.”
Here are 10 tips to help you get the sleep you need and deserve.
The “Better Sleep Guide,” a 16-page brochure that provides simple solutions to help improve the quality of your life by improving the quality of your sleep, as well as information on how your bedroom and mattress can affect the quality of your sleep, is available free to consumers. Send your request to: Guide, P.O. Box 19534, Alexandria, VA 22320-0534.