A new study found that the top things to think about for a good night’s sleep were favorite moments from the past day (45%), partner and family (44%) and work (36%).
A survey of 2,000 adults in the United States, evenly divided by age group, found that while Americans may have a common perception that thinking about work before bedtime prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep, in reality, it’s not before bedtime. It turns out that thinking about your career may help you sleep better.
The study also delved into the latest insights into Americans’ sleep habits and bedtime routines, uncovering some generational differences.
According to data conducted by OnePoll for Serta Simmons bedding, millennials (56%) are most likely to think about their favorite moments from the past day before dozing off, while Gen Xs (39%) I found that I was the least likely to think about dozing off. Among all generations, it is the day most likely to think about one’s career (38%).
That’s not the only generational difference in sleep habits.
The study also found that Gen Z was most likely to prioritize sleep more extensively (61%), and that they were the most likely to fall asleep, so they spent the night before snoozing for the day. It turns out that they are the generation most likely to never finish their routine. fiddling with mobile phones (68%), forgetting to brush teeth (53%), and falling asleep in casual clothes (47%).
Gen X, on the other hand, seem to be the most adept at unplugging before bed, as they are the generation least likely to fall asleep with their smartphones (25%).
Additionally, a recent study looked at how much time the average person spends getting ready for bed and found that they spend an average of 162 hours (more than 26 minutes per day) on nighttime routines each year. got it. The contents of that routine may vary from generation to generation. More than a third of her millennials (36%) shower or bathe before bed, compared to 19% of her Gen Z respondents.
More than a quarter (28%) of Boomers need to watch a series or movie before closing their eyes at night, compared to just 19% of Gen Z.
Gen Z’s nighttime routines mainly include turning on a fan (22%), wearing an eye mask (21%), journaling (20%), reading (20%), listening to music (20%), and creating. consists of activities. To-do list for the next day (20%).
And they don’t want to sacrifice it. 18- to 26-year-olds were most likely to shorten their morning routine instead (43%), while Gen X (40%) and baby boomers (39%) were most likely to shorten their bedtime. A routine to spend more time with your eyes closed.
The survey also looked at when people went to bed, with 38% describing themselves as an early riser and 22% describing themselves as a night owl (33% were early risers and night owls). answered that both were the same).
In addition to age differences, geography reflects differences in sleep habits, with the highest self-reported early riser population in the Northeast (41%) and the region with the highest percentage of night owls (33%). lives in the southeast.
“Each generation may have different sleep and bed preparation habits, but creating and sticking to a consistent sleep routine can help people of all ages sleep better,” says Serta. Suan Griffin, Simmons Bedding Consumer Insights, said. “This includes pre-sleep rituals, from meditation to taking a warm bath to journaling. It also includes maintaining the same sleep and wake times regardless of the season. ”
How do people define a good night’s sleep? For most people, the obvious signs are sleeping uninterrupted (41%) and waking up before the alarm goes off (41%). 33%).
If this is the case, at least part of the population may be sleeping well, with nearly a third of Americans saying their alarm clock doesn’t usually wake them up (29%).
The most common mistakes at bedtime
- I fell asleep while scrolling on my phone or holding my phone – 51%
- I forgot to brush my teeth without washing my face or taking care of my skin – 41%
- I fell asleep without saying good night to my partner/family – 39%
- Forgot to turn off the TV – 38%
- I fell asleep in my casual clothes – 37%
- I forgot to set my morning alarm – 36%
- Forgot to turn off lights before going to bed – 35%
- Sleeping with glasses/contacts – 31%