Wake up! Sleep Awareness Week is now underway and will wrap up with everyone losing an extra hour of sleep for Daylight Savings Time. The National Sleep Foundation recently released the Sleep in America Poll® examining the sleep habits of caregivers and their children.
The primary objectives of the research included looking at parents’ perception of the importance of sleep, factors that impaired sleep and the impact of various types of electronic devices in parents’ and children’s bedrooms. Not surprisingly, parents placed great value in the importance of sleep for their own health and wellbeing and for their children. Over 90% felt a good night’s sleep helped with mood, health and performance. Of the parents that responded, 69% felt the importance of sleep was extremely important for their child’s performance at school.
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Factors that made sleep more difficult included juggling evening activities, homework, temperature, noise, light and pets. Managing busy family afternoon and evening activities was the most common challenge. The survey revealed that 41% of parents and 34% of children experienced getting a good night’s sleep due to evening activities. Temperature was a factor in impaired sleep for 35% of parents.
Electronic devices are commonplace throughout the home. When used in the bedroom they have the potential to disrupt the quality and duration of sleep. The light and noise from these devices can also lead to delayed bedtimes. Televisions were the most common device found in bedrooms, with 62% of parents and 45% of children having televisions in their bedrooms. Leaving electronic devices on at night can especially cause sleep to suffer, and the television was left on more often than any other device.
Are you aware of your sleeping habits? Do you tend to have lots of activities in the evening? Is your bedroom filled with electronic devices that might be robbing you of restful sleep? Learning about your sleeping habits and rituals is the first step. The National Sleep Foundation, which commissioned this study, is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that Americans are aware that their sleep is an important aspect of their overall health and safety.
Ok, you can go to sleep now.