Entries in National Sleep Foundation (2)


How Do You Feel About Your Bedroom?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A lot of people would probably stay in their bedrooms all the time, if it wasn’t for the little matter of having to go make a living and other various responsibilities like marriage, kids and social plans.

Still, the National Sleep Foundation wanted to know more about how Americans feel about their bedrooms, and after one thousand phone interviews and Web surveys of adults 25 to 55, the study revealed that a majority of Americans think their pillows, sheets and mattresses are better than what they’d find in a quality hotel room.

Seventy-six of respondents said that they got a good night’s sleep at least a couple of nights a week, although 41 percent confessed that they tossed and turned a few nights a week as well, with one in four complaining about how a partner’s movements keep them up at night.

Speaking of partners, nearly two-thirds have got another body in bed while the rest snooze alone.

Americans also tend to make their beds with just over three in four doing it at least a couple of times a week and 56 percent claiming to make their beds every day or almost every day.

As far as having electronic devices in the bedroom, seven in ten say there’s a TV set in the same room with 11 percent leaving it on all night. About 40 percent have a computer in the bedroom with three percent refusing to power down overnight.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Can't Sleep? Make the Bed, Study Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new survey authorized by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) suggests that comfortable, clean bedrooms are more conducive to getting a good night's sleep.   In fact, between two-thirds and three-fourths of those polled said that a cool room temperature, fresh air and a dark, quiet and clean room were important for sound sleeping.

For the first time ever, the foundation polled 1,500 U.S. adults ages 25-55, some who were poor sleepers and some who were sound sleepers, about their sleeping environments.

"We've looked a lot at how medical and behavioral issues affect sleep, but we really hadn't looked at the sleep environment in such depth," David Cloud, NSF chief operating officer told WebMD.  "Frankly, we were surprised to see that senses like touch, feel and smell were so important."

Shelby Harris, a sleep psychologist who directs the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Montefiore Sleep-Wake Disorder Center in New York, suggests that people make their bedrooms a "sanctuary for sleep."  Harris also recommends nightly rituals such as turning down the lights about an hour before bed, staying away from the computer or other digital devices that might stimulate the mind and eating meals at least three hours before bedtime.

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