Getting a good night's sleep is hard work. That's the conclusion of a survey of 1,506 adults by the National Sleep Foundation. Some survey results:

  • Three quarters of the adults surveyed said they frequently have a sleep problem. Those problems include difficulty falling asleep, waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep, snoring or waking up feeling unrefreshed.
  • Three-fourths said their partner has a sleep problem. The most common problem was snoring.
  • The average amount of sleep for an adult is 6.9 hours. Experts say adults should be getting a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep a night.
  • Six in ten adult motorists say they've been behind the wheel while drowsy in the past year. Four percent reported having had an accident or near-accident because they were too tired or actually dozed off while driving.
  • Roughly a fourth of those surveyed who have partners said their sex life has been hurt because they've been too sleepy. The respondents said they had sex less often or lost interest because they were tired.
  • When disturbed by a partner's sleep problem, the other partner loses an average of 49 minutes of shut eye a night -- or 300 hours a year.
  • 26 percent are at risk for sleep apnea -- pauses in their breathing while asleep.
  • 70 percent of the respondents said their doctor has never asked them about their sleep habits.
  • More than half the respondents take a nap at least once a week. One third take naps two or more times a week.
  • 49 percent of males say they get more sleep than they need, compared to 37 percent of females.
  • 47 percent of the respondents said they stay up later than they planned or wanted to at least a few nights during the week.


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