Six in ten Americans say their sleep habits are different in winter compared to other seasons.
This is according to a survey of 2,000 American adults, commissioned by Mattress Firm and conducted by OnePoll between September 26 and 29, as reported by SWNS.
Respondents are also more willing to make sacrifices for Better sleep. Nearly half of Americans would give up the Internet for a year if only they could sleep better at night.
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43% of them would trade in their phone, 41% would give up their car and 37% would give up a job promotion.
How Winter Affects Sleep
The recent end of daylight saving time might have something to do with people’s willingness to make sacrifices to get more sleep: 48% of respondents said they feels tired earlier, while 41% move their bedtime forward when it gets dark earlier.
Nearly four in five participants (78%) said they can discern when their circadian rhythm is disrupted.
A quarter of those surveyed said it is harder to wake up in winter than any other time of year.
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Additionally, winter tends to make people particularly tired (21% of respondents) or sad (20%), according to the survey.
“It is truly remarkable how keenly aware we are of the impact of circadian rhythm disruptions, particularly when they come from changing seasons and day length,” said Dr Jade Wu, sleep consultant at Mattress Firm. in North Carolinaas reported by SWNS.
“Our body’s acute awareness of these changes reminds us of the complex connection between our internal clocks and the external environment.”
Of those surveyed, 40% said they had been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while a total of 53% believed they had it.
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Among the most frequently cited “winter feelings” were apathy (32%), general discontent (32%), loneliness (29%), mood swings (28%), loss of interest ( 26%), anxiety (22%). sadness (16%), excessive sleepiness (15%) and fatigue (10%).
These feelings of discouragement appear to negatively impact sleep: 49% of people bury themselves under blankets, 48% don’t sleep as long as they should, and 48% find themselves tossing and turning .
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“Winter is often accompanied by a feeling of gloom, as it is a prolonged lull during the day. activity levelswhich can also make your nights less restful,” Wu continued, according to SWNS.
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“One of the best things you can do for your body is to be active during the day and provide it with a relaxing environment for sleep.”
OnePoll conducts quantitative research and conducts online surveys, its website details.
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