Americans struggle with sleep

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The Future. Americans love sleep and are very, very stressed about it. Our obsession with sleep — which some people are calling the new coffee — may lead some forward-thinking businesses to roll out perks that prioritize (or optimize) their employees’ sleep habits.

Snooze obsession
The American Time Use Survey found that Americans across the board are sleeping longer than ever — a change brought about during the pandemic and the rise of remote work.

But that’s not the whole story, per Bloomberg.

  • A Gallup poll found that, while people are sleeping longer, they’re less satisfied with how much sleep they get and the quality of that sleep — 57% said they would feel better if they got even more sleep.
  • While most people are sleeping more, a higher percentage is also getting only five hours of sleep or less per night — 20% today, compared to 14% in 2013.
  • And the National Institutes of Health found that 50 million Americans now struggle with sleep disorders, while many more wrestle with “sleeplessness” (the inability to fall or stay asleep).

Those troubling stats have led to a cottage industry of devices, hacks, and concoctions designed to help people sleep more… but the jury’s out on whether they actually help or just produce a restful placebo effect.

What probably would help is looking at our phones a lot less before bedtime.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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