On November 9th, TODAY launches a weeklong “Snooze or Lose” series with a commissioned survey exploring why Americans can’t sleep. Highlights with the best statistics and videos are shown below, but more can be found at the link to today.com.
Americans feel so sleep deprived that almost half of adults — 65% of women — prefer a good night’s sleep over sex.
- 72% of adults see sleep as one of the great pleasures of life, but 46% say they don’t get enough. It’s even worse for women; 58% fall short of their ideal goal of just over eight hours a night.
- 33% of young adults 18-34 believe to get ahead in their careers, they must survive on less sleep; while 19% of 35-54 year-olds and just 6% for seniors think this.
- 40% of young adults, 33% of older adults, and over 11% of seniors believe they must sacrifice sleep to care for their families.
- 64% of young adults, 49% of older adults, and 35% of seniors agree that being able to survive on less sleep would be an advantage.
- 32% of young adults say work makes them fret throughout the night.
- 31% say their children cause sleepless nights.
- When it comes to children, interrupted sleep seems unavoidable and 42% of people with a child under 18 report inadequate sleep.