Do you have a special blanket, a pillow, or a stuffed animal from your childhood that you can’t sleep without? Well, you’re not weird — and you’re also not alone, according to a new study.
In fact, 34% of all Americans in a OnePoll survey of 2,000 people admit they do, too.
The poll, commissioned by mattress company Sleepopolis, revealed some surprising stats about sleep, and what we’ll do to get some.
For example, 26% say they have an “unconventional” trick to catch some Zs — everything from “thinking about alligators” to putting their legs up and the wall, or even rocking themselves to sleep.
Here are some other tidbits from the survey:
41% have nighttime rituals they can’t sleep without completing, including:
- Checking to see if the door is locked: 32%
- Listening to music: 30%
- Putting on a particular TV show or movie: 28%
- Playing around on their phone: 28%
- Reading a book: 27%
- Taking a warm bath or shower: 26%
- Eat a snack: 21%
- Take vitamins: 18%
- Having intercourse: 16%
- Drinking tea: 16%
- The right room temperature: 65%
- The right pillows and bedding: 63%
- The right level of light: 55%
- The right furniture arrangement: 15%
And here are the odd things people said they did in order to lull themselves to sleep:
- Put my legs up on the wall
- Think about alligators
- Rock myself to sleep
- Think of animals or places in alphabetical order
- Read history books
- Think about unicorns, waterfalls and lullabies
- Touch my earlobes slowly
- Wave my feet back and forth
- Pick a color and keep saying words with that color (ex. blue jeans, blue moon, etc.)