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Only 8% of U.S. adults feel fully rested after sleeping, survey shows

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Santa Cruz, CA — Quality sleep is proving elusive for more than 9 out of 10 U.S. adults, results of a recent survey show.

On behalf of nutritional product manufacturer LIFEAID Beverage Co., researchers from marketing research company OnePoll surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults to learn about their sleep habits and sleep quality. On average, respondents reported getting five hours of sleep a night – well below the minimum of seven hours a night as recommended for adults by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, only 8% of the respondents said they feel fully rested after a night of sleep.

More than 6 out of 10 respondents couldn’t remember the last time they felt well-rested, while 22% indicated they can “never” get enough sleep. Among those who don’t get enough sleep, 68% blamed stress for keeping them awake.

Other findings:

  • 76% of the respondents said they nap during the day, and 7 out of 10 do so to make up for a lack of sleep the previous night.
  • On average, 61% struggle to fall asleep three times a week.
  • 69% wish society considered sleep deprivation a more serious issue.
  • Around half said more quality sleep would improve their emotional health.

Sleep quality is also being negatively affected by numerous factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic, LIFEAID co-founder Orion Melehan said in a statement accompanying the March 26 release of the survey results.


“The past 11 months have given all of us plenty of highly stressful reasons to stay awake at night,” he said. “Coupled with factors like working from home or even unemployment, home schooling, and the loss of our usual exercise routines, our individual circadian rhythms and the quality of our personal sleep are all over the map.”

The CDC offers tips for getting better quality sleep.

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