Four in five Americans say crumbs in the bed lead to the crummy night’s sleep. A survey of 2,000 adults delves into disruptors most impacting sleep and finds that eating in bed may be one of the biggest culprits.
Bedtime can trigger cravings for many people, as nearly half (48%) admit they regularly eat before bed. Results show these respondents are likely to crave sweets (50%) such as cookies (42%) or salty snacks (32%) like chips (49%) or popcorn (45%).
For millennials, waking up at least three times per night is the norm. Of all generations, baby boomers are the most likely to miss out on a perfect night’s sleep for over a month (30%).
Being too hot while sleeping can be another disruption. Most respondents wake up more often at night when they feel hot (76%), leading them to turn on the AC or a fan (49%), sleep without the covers (37%), or change their clothes to cool down (36%). Surprisingly, people in the northeast are more likely to wake up often when they feel hot (89%), compared to just 61 percent of southerners living in warmer climates.
“Studies have shown that sleeping hot can impede the body’s ability to rest and recover,” says JD Velilla, Serta Simmons Bedding’s Head of Sleep Experience, in a statement. “Interrupted sleep may lead to irritability, increased stress and decreased creativity, among other things. If you tend to sleep hot, light clothing, breathable linens or a mattress with cooling technology can help.”