If you’re feeling tired today — and every day, for that matter — you’re not alone: a new survey says Americans are averaging fewer than six hours of sleep a night.
For the record, that’s 47 minutes less shut-eye in 2019 than we got in 2018.
What’s more, the 2,000 Americans in the OnePoll survey sponsored by Mattress Firm showed that respondents on average had 105 “terrible” nights of sleep in 2019, which was also an increase from the year before.
In 2018, the average poll respondent said they got six hours and 17 minutes of sleep a night, but by the next year, that total dropped to five-and-a-half hours.
For the record, eight hours is recommended for optimal health, although that varies from person to person.
The MattressFirm survey even put some dollar signs to getting those elusive Zs. In 2018, those polled said they’d pay $290 for a “perfect night’s sleep.” In 2019, that payday jumped to $316.61, the new poll notes.
Not surprisingly, those surveyed reported taking more naps in 2019 than they did in the year previous, 115 to 93.
Experts say having a set bedtime routine is key to successful sleep. Regarding that, the survey noted the top 10 things people did before hitting the hay:
43% — Reading a book.
42% — Taking vitamins.
36% — Taking a bath/shower.
36% — Drinking warm milk.
29% — Having sex.
26% — Planning out the next day.
25% — Drinking tea.
23% — Turning on a sound machine.