Sleep for a better tomorrow

Sleep like your life depends on it. Because it does.

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, stress, and anxiety continue to have a significant impact on sleep quality across the globe and are why many people say they can’t sleep at night. 1ResMed surveyed 1,000 people over the age of 18 in the United States. Fielding was conducted in February 2022 by the Qualtrics fielding platform.
What’s keeping Americans up at night?
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57% of Americans said that over the past year they are sleeping less or having a harder time falling asleep or waking up.
What are the causes of this stress and anxiety? Family pressures, work-related concerns, and financial pressures are the top specific reasons people said they aren’t sleeping at night.

Sleep is essential to our overall immunity and well-being, so disruptive sleep can affect personal health, family life, and work. When you don’t get optimal sleep (7-9 hours per night for the average adult),2Hirshkowitz M et al. Sleep Health 2015 it can hold you back from feeling energized, productive, and healthy.

45% of Americans who work from home said they get more sleep compared to working in an office. Additionally, 48% of those who currently work remotely say they think it will be harder for them to wake up once they return to a physical workplace.

Sleep enables our body to heal damaged cells, boost immunity, recover from activities, and recharge your heart and cardiovascular system for tomorrow. For those who have been working remotely over the past few years, returning (and commuting!) to a physical workplace may be stressful and cost you sleep. It’s important to establish good sleep habits as part of your overall wellness routine.
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52% of Americans said they snore, or a bed partner has told them they snore, yet only 33% of those who snore are concerned that it could be related to an underlying health issue, despite snoring being a top symptom of sleep apnea.3Young T et al. Arch Intern Med 1996
54 million adults in the U.S. have sleep apnea4Benjafield AV et al. Lancet Respir Med 2019 – but more than 80% percent don’t know they have it and aren’t diagnosed.5Young T et al. Sleep 1997 In other words, millions of Americans are suffocating each night while sleeping and have no idea. Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, occurring when the muscles in the throat relax to the point of collapse, restricting airflow. This causes breathing to become shallow and eventually stop for 10 or more seconds at a time, depriving the brain and body of oxygen. The lack of deep sleep can cause significant fatigue and raise the risk of serious health problems.

Are you at risk for sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea is linked to serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. But the good news is that it’s treatable. Take this free, one-minute quiz to see if you may be at risk.

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More sleep stats.

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of Americans said they take medication or a sleep aid such as aromatherapy or tea to help them fall asleep.

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of Americans usually feel tired after waking up in the morning.

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of Americans said they snore, or a bed partner told them they snore, yet only 33% of those are concerned about underlying health conditions associated with snoring.

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of Americans said their doctor has never proactively asked them about the quality of their sleep.

Americans rely on the following to help them fall asleep:
  • Watching shows / videos / movies 36% 36%
  • Taking a medication and sleep aid (i.e., aromatherapy, sleep teas, etc.) 29% 29%
  • Staying up late 23% 23%
  • Reading 19% 19%
  • Sound machine / white noise 12% 12%
  • Gaming 10% 10%
  • Meditation / sleep apps 9% 9%
  • Other 4% 4%
  • None of the above 21% 21%

Resources for better sleep.

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Why am I always tired?

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The effects of sleep deprivation on your health.

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How to sleep without snoring.

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How well are you really sleeping?

Read more about sleep health on our sleep blog.