Sleep Habits & Statistics

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We are curious about your sleep habits, so we have started to gather sleep statistics to help you sleep better.

Our April study collected responses from 351 people (thank you for your participation).  This study was focused mainly on things that we felt could get in the way of a good night’s rest.  Here is an interesting take on the people who responded to the questions.  The majority of the readers on my site are female, but the majority of the people who watch my videos are male.  I could take a few guesses at why that’s the case, but I would rather just leave it to google and YouTube to figure out why.

Let’s take a look at the questions and I’ll give you some insight into why I picked those questions.


Question 1: Do you use a Sleep Tracker?

I have tried every type of sleep tracker that I can get my hands on and only one of them was moderately successful for me.  In some ways sleep trackers can help you narrow down your sleep issues.  For me there is a bit of a drawback, I tend to get a bit obsessed with my results.  Do I spend extra time and effort thinking about my sleep tracking at the expense of actual sleep time?  Yes, which means that I only use them sporadically.  I find that I can get a sense of what is disturbing me after a few nights of usage.  Things that I discover when I look at the results of my sleep tracker:

  • when my husband leaves the bed
  • when my dog enters the bed
  • when the birds start chirping
  • when my daughter comes to visit

Here are the results from the survey:

Answer Number %
NO 301 86
YES 44 13
In Past 3 1
Sometimes 2 1

The amount of no responses shocked me quite a bit.  Many cell phones have sleep tracking apps and I feel like I see a good deal of fitbit’s and other similar devices in my area.  My guess is that the amount of time that you need to put into setting up these devices isn’t worth the results that you get back from the tracking software.  Frankly, as much as I try to use sleep trackers, I just haven’t been able to stick with one.  I’m hoping that a bed will one day have an effortless system that does all of the tracking and senses sleep issues and attempts to correct them (such as shifting into the anti-snore position when snoring is detected).

Question 2: Do pets sleep on your bed?  If so what kind?

Personally, I have a spandor (half lab half coker spaniel, maybe 35 lbs.) and he only invades my bed if my husband isn’t in it.  He’s not too big, but he tends to curl up where my feet would go if extended.  This means that we tend to kick each other every once in awhile, which can interrupt my sleep patterns.  I love him, and I know I shouldn’t let him on the bed.

What about our survey participants?  Do they share the bed with pets?

Answer Number %
Dog 91 27
Cat 59 17
Dog & Cat 10 3
Bird/Rabbit 2 1
Sometimes 11 3
NO 177 52

This is the category that I was most interested in seeing the results.  I did not expect that the no category would have 52% of the responses.  However, when I drill into the answers I see that there is a combination of people who don’t have pets and people who simply won’t allow their pets on their bed.

The Mayo clinic did a study in 2015 about the effect of dogs on human sleep.  I found it interesting that half of the people we surveyed don’t allow pets in their beds.  Perhaps it is common knowledge that: “Human sleep efficiency was lower if the dog was on the bed as opposed to simply in the room”.   Perhaps it’s time to kick your dog, cat, bird or rabbit out of the bed.

I asked Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman if her pets sleep on her bed.  Want to see her answer?

Question 3: Do you sleep with a partner?

I really could have drilled down into this category, but I just wanted to see how common it is to sleep next to someone.  Personally, my husband is by my side and we use a queen size adjustable bed.

Here are the results of this question:

The yes answer is higher than I expected, and it may just be the demographics of the study.

The sometimes category has a few single people in it and a good deal of people who just can’t sleep with their partner.  Sometimes snoring is a problem and other times there is an issue with their mattress.

A lot of the “NO” answers were accompanied by unless my pet counts :).  Sorry, but I chose to keep pets in the no CATegory.

Answer Number %
YES 204 59
NO 128 37
Sometimes 15 4

37% of the people sleep alone, does that seem high to you?

Question 4: What’s the first thing you drink in the morning?

Me, I’m a coffee lover.  So my day starts with my coffee maker’s timer and ends with a glass of Pinot Grigio.  I have no idea how I manage to stay hydrated.

What about the survey participants?  What do they drink in the morning?

Answer Number %
Water 150 44
Coffee 124 36
Soda 22 6
Tea 22 6
Juice 18 5
Energy Drink 4 1

I was really rooting for Coffee, but water was the winner here.

Question 5: Do you use an Alarm?

This one could yield strange results.  For example, what if I have a bit of survey bias and everyone who enters doesn’t have a job?  Do any of those people actually need an alarm?  Or what if everyone who enters has kids that make enough noise to wake them up like clockwork?  With that in mind here are the results:

65 percent of the people in the study use an alarm, I expected the percentage to be higher.

Answer Number %
YES 222 65
NO 91 26
Sometimes 31 9

The majority of the people surveyed do use alarms to get up in the morning.  Some of them have such a set schedule that they use an alarm, but don’t actually need it as they wake up before the alarm tells them to.

Question 6: Do you watch TV in your Bedroom?

For some strange reason my husband can’t sleep without the TV on.  Here is the part that really stings, I can’t tell you how often he sleeps through a movie that I have no desire to watch and yet I’ll finish it.  I am frequently robbed of my sleep time.  How about you?

For this one we had 217 responses with the following results:

Answer Number %
YES  118 54
NO 92 42
Sometimes 7 3

Most of you are just like me.  We all know that we would sleep better if we could kick the TV out of the bedroom.

Question 7: How old is your mattress?

I was really shocked to see how many mattresses have gone past the 15 year mark (13%).  One person has been with their mattress for 37 years!  I’m hoping that she wins one of our giveaways so that she can get a new one.  I combined the answers into a few categories, here are the results.

How old is the typical mattress?

Answer Number %
Less than 1 Year  12  6
1-3 Years  46  23
4-6 Years  33  16
7-9 Years  31  15
10-14 Years  55  27
15-19 Years  10  5
20-29 Years  11  5
30 + Years  5  2

45% of the people we surveyed have had their current mattress for less than 7 years.  In general, you can expect your mattress to last between 7 and 10 years.  This means that 55% of the people surveyed should be looking for a new mattress.

Question 8: What Size Bed do you have?

This one is pretty straight forward.  I gave up my king size bed about a year ago so that we would have more room to shoot review videos.  It didn’t hurt that queen size mattresses are much lighter than king size.  The other side benefit is that a smaller bed is more intimate.  Of course, the amount of kicks and accidental elbows that can occur during sleep increase dramatically as the bed size shrinks.

What size bed is most popular in our survey?

Answer Number %
Twin  16  8
Full/Double  19  9
Queen  113  53
King  55  26
Cal King  8  4
Split King  1  0

I was expecting the Queen to reign supreme in this category.  King sized beds are more costly and take up more room.  I also expected King sized mattresses to be more popular than California King.  Cal Kings are for really tall people which are far less than 1 percent of American society.  You can read more about the differences in bed sizes on another page.

I really wish I could ask a few follow up questions to the one person who has a Split King.  So if any of you have a Split King please tell me about it in the comments below.  I have never tried a split king since I’m afraid of the dip between the two twin XL mattresses.  I feel like if one of the beds is in a lower position than the other one then you could find a way to roll into that dip.  Do you have issues with that on your split king?

Question 9: When do you go to bed?

I put my daughter to bed at 8 and my son reads in his bed until about 9.  I think I need to invest in a clapper since I typically turn off his lights at a bit after 9.  This puts me in bed at a bit after 9, but I don’t think I fall asleep until about 10.

Let’s see the survey results to find out when do people go to bed:

A surprising 6% of the people who responded work the night-shift or are vampires.  I guess I could have done a follow up question to rule out vampirism.

Between 10 and Midnight is the time that most of the survey participants go to bed.  If anyone has a similar study from the past, please let me know as I am curious to see if people are staying up later than they were decades ago.

Answer Number %
3AM-7PM  12 6
8PM 4 2
9PM 16 9
10PM 41 22
11PM 54 29
Midnight 36 19
1AM 13 7
2AM 11 6

Question 10: Do you sleep on your side, back, stomach or a combination of positions?

I’m a side sleeper, as you can see from my best mattress for side sleepers video.  What sleep position is the most popular?

Let’s see the results:

I’m a side sleeper so I was secretly rooting for Side to win.  Although I do have to admit that I’ll occasionally sleep in the “flamingo” position.  I had forgotten about that position, then I found myself laughing at Angelica’s (from Bremerton Washingon) answer.  I was like, oh I do that sometimes too.

Answer Number %
SIDE  97 46
COMBO 96 45
BACK 9 4
Flamingo 1 0

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Press Release

Non Biased, Inc. Releases April Sleep Study Results
Finding common threads of sleep deprivation is the key to helping people experience improved sleep quality, publishes
(Scottsdale, Arizona)– As many as 70 million Americans report experiencing sleep issues. While these problems develop due to a wide range of reasons, all have been found to lead to increased stress levels, higher risk of health conditions, decreased productivity and a number of other negative situations. One Scottsdale-based company was founded with this and other related factors in mind. As part of an ongoing effort to foster rest and relaxation, Founder, Rana Landreth recently released the results of the latest Non Biased Reviews Sleep Study.
“We’ve experienced the impact of sleep deprivation firsthand,” said Landreth, “and this prompted us to find ways of combating the negative effects. It seems to be a common thread among Americans, one all too many people live with on a daily basis. Uncovering the many typical ties that bind us all in this regard is the key to solving the problems surrounding a lack of sleep, and our routine sleep studies go a long way toward reaching this goal.”
One focal point of Non Biased, Inc.’s April sleep study is the use of sleep trackers. These tools have been found effective in helping people pinpoint specific sleep patterns and the driving forces behind them. According to the company’s latest findings, an estimated 86 percent of the 351 respondents do not use these devices whereas just over 12.5 percent do.
Survey results also indicate more than half of those involved in the study avoid letting pets sleep on their beds. Approximately 54 percent of people watch television in their bedrooms while the same number hold onto mattresses for more than seven years. This study likewise revealed 46% of people sleep on their side with very few sleeping on their back or stomach. Respondents listed water and coffee as the most common go-to morning beverages.
Concluded Landreth, “Certain habits can have significant impacts on the amount of sleep people get each night as well as the quality of sleep, and these aspects are known to have a lasting effect during the daytime. We provide Non Biased Reviews on beds, mattresses, bedding and other sleep-oriented products to help our readers get the best sleep possible and improve not only their outlook on life, but their physical and mental well-being. We encourage those interested in learning more to browse our website for a wide range of information and resources.”
About Non Biased, Inc.:
With the mission of helping readers enjoy better sleep and improved quality of life as a result, Non Biased, Inc. provides honest information and reviews on a wide range of mattresses and other sleep-related products.
Media Contact:
Rana Landreth Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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