Sleep Survey Shows Electronics and Exercise Have the Greatest Impact on Sleep Quality
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Restonic released findings from its 2017 Sleep Survey showing that people report the use of electronics and lack of exercise have a significant impact on their quality of sleep. The company is making the insights available to help increase public knowledge about the importance of quality sleep, and common factors that plague many consumers’ sleep habits.
The Survey shows that only 14 percent of people feel they get enough sleep, with use of electronics, like smartphones and tablets, negatively affecting sleep quality. Only six percent of people who use electronics in bed say they get enough sleep. Those who limit the use of their smartphones and other electronics in bed say they get enough sleep at more than double the rate of those who don’t.
The new survey findings also revealed a clear connection between lack of exercise and sleep quality. Only 11 percent of people who don’t workout think they get enough sleep. The type of exercise also impacts sleep, as those who participate in high-impact activities like cardio, running and CrossFit report getting enough sleep at double the rate of those who engage in low-impact exercises like yoga (22 percent for CrossFit and 18 percent for cardio and running, versus only 10 percent for yoga).
“Through our Sleep Survey, we wanted to get to the heart of the factors in people’s lives that are impacting the quality of their sleep,” says Julia Rosien, brand director for Restonic. “Sleep is one of the most important things we all need biologically to recharge and help our bodies repair. While awareness is growing about how critical a restful night of sleep is, most people are still not getting enough. We hope the findings of our survey put a spotlight on those key lifestyle issues that are preventing people from getting a better night’s rest.”
The Restonic Sleep Survey polled more than 1,000 people on their sleep habits. Additional findings include:
• Ninety-one percent of people surveyed say they wake up at least once during the night.
• Nearly two-thirds of people (63 percent) would give up coffee or alcohol for the rest of their lives in exchange for a better night’s sleep.
• Thirty-eight percent of women report feeling like they don’t get enough sleep compared to only 20 percent of men.
• Women wake up more frequently in the middle of the night because of kids or pets than men (23 percent of women, versus 12 percent of men).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, inefficient sleep is an important public health concern, especially as unhealthy sleep patterns and self-reported sleep difficulties continue to rise. Sleep insufficiency has been linked to car accidents, industrial accidents, medical errors, and can even contribute to chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity.