38% of Americans Have Sleep Related Problems That Affect Their Productivity

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Americans are no strangers to sleep related problems, but a new survey by Replacement-Mattress.com has shed some light on what is actually happening: the survey has found that 38% of the population has sleep problems and that the hardest hit are young women with a low income. Based on the survey, the company also published a series of recommendations to help those affected overcome such issues.

Sleeping problems experienced by women and men in the US

Top Sleeping Problems Experienced by Men and Women

Young women with low income and living in the rural area are most likely to be affected by sleeping problems.

While according to the National Sleep Foundation 40 million American men and women suffer from sleep disorders, a recent survey conducted by Replacement-Mattress.com shows that actually 38% have more or less severe sleeping issues, which can have a major impact on their productivity and health.

The main sleeping problems are (in the order of frequency):

  • Difficulty falling asleep and/or sleeping
  • Sleep apnea/snoring
  • Usually feeling sleepy during the day
  • Waking up with pains in the morning
  • Sleep issues due to partner’s sleeping habits

Women have more trouble getting a full night’s sleep and feeling rested than men do, with 40.8% of women admitting that they have sleeping problems, compared to 36.6% of men. In particular, women complain of being unable to fall asleep or stay asleep, as well as feeling sleepy during the day. In case of women, it is important to note that both pregnancy and menopause can negatively influence sleeping habits.

Both women and men complain of sleep apnea, but it tops the list of problems that men have getting quality rest. Contrary to popular opinion, significantly more men (7%) than women (2%) complained that their partner’s sleeping behaviors disrupted their rest.

Additionally, more women (9.2%) than men (7.5%) had trouble with waking up with aches and pains. This could be because women tend to have less physically active jobs than men—office work can contribute to posture problems, which can be exacerbated by pregnancy and sleeping on a low quality mattress.

Surprisingly, young adults are passing more sleepless nights than elderly or middle-aged respondents. While it might be that young adults tend to cut into their sleep time with socializing or working, additional studies have also shown that young adults have dealt with more stress than other age groups in recent years. It’s also possible that sleeping habits are influenced by the fact that young adults usually start a new family and are experiencing the sleepless nights and time crunches that come with caring for a baby or a toddler.

The study also found a correlation between income and sleep quality: the less money coming in, the worse the respondent’s sleep. A big part of this finding is no doubt due to the added stress of trying to make ends meet on a tight budget, in the current economic situation. Other factors include less money to invest in a good quality mattress, as well as more health problems across the board due to limitations in time and money. Surprisingly, the study also found that people living in rural areas had more problems with sleep than respondents in urban or suburban areas.

Based on the research, Replacement-Mattress.com also published recommendations on how to overcome these sleeping problems and improve Americans’ sleep quality: http://www.replacement-mattress.com/sleeping-problems-and-recommendations-for-better-sleep/.

About Replacement-Mattress.com

Replacement-Mattress.com is the website tied to Walt’s Sleep Shop, a “brick and mortar” store along with a mattress factory and warehouse, founded in 1955 in New Jersey. Apart from standard size replacement mattresses, the company also offers custom size and shape marine, RV or sofa bed mattresses. The dedicated staff is always available to offer support to anyone looking for the perfect mattress for their home, boat or recreational vehicle.

Andrew Weiss

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