Sleeping more may be better than having money in the bank when it comes to increasing happiness, according to a new study.
A survey of 2,000 adults examined the link between happiness and sleep, revealing that 40% of those who are “very satisfied” with their life are more likely to have “excellent” sleep.
If 72% of respondents feel present in their everyday life, a fifth say the opposite (18%), feeling like this on average three days a week.
Respondents cited lack of quality sleep (45%) as the number one reason they don’t feel present in their life, followed by stress (43%), lack of exercise or motivation (38%) , lack of social life (34%) and burnout of their family life (33%).
And to increase their happiness, people shared that they needed to feel less stressed (45%) and more rested (43%). Spending more time with their kids (38%) or getting a raise/promotion (36%) can also make people happier.
Research by Natrol and OnePoll found that the average person experiences 10 sleepless nights per month. This may explain why 71% of all people surveyed feel like superheroes capable of taking over the world when they sleep through the night.
Getting the right amount of sleep goes a long way as 40% of respondents say they are more likely to eat healthier and go to the gym (35%) if they do.
And sleep can help them with their sex and family life: nearly four in five respondents are more likely to be more intimate with their partner (38%), prepare a home-cooked meal (37%) and spend more time with their children. (35%) with good sleep.
For 56% of people in a couple, poor sleep could negatively affect their partner’s sleep.
“Living in the present can be difficult as it means putting aside our worries about the past and the future. stressed,” said Hanan Wajih. , Marketing Director at Vytalogy Wellness. “But when you sleep better and regularly, you wake up revitalized and focused on the here and now, allowing you to devote your full attention to being present in the moment.”
Respondents also shared their essentials for good sleep, including having comfortable pillows (50%), setting the ideal room temperature (49%) and turning off their electronic devices an hour before bed (34%).
Nearly a third would rather read a book and listen to music/podcasts (30% each) before getting fired. And for a quarter, melatonin is essential for quality sleep (25%).
Overall, nearly 6 in 10 say they’re determined that poor sleep won’t get in the way of them living their lives (58%).
“For many people, cracking the code to a good night’s sleep has been impossible due to the multitasking and busy lifestyles we’ve grown accustomed to,” Wajih continued. “However, getting consistent, better quality sleep doesn’t have to be impossible. Focusing on your mental and physical well-being is essential for a good night’s sleep. Allowing you to align your body movements with your thoughts to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up with a clearer, calmer mind.
This double opt-in random survey of 2,000 general population Americans was ordered by Natrol Between October 27 and October 28, 2022. It was conducted by market research firm OnePoll, whose team members are Fellows of the Market Research Society and are Fellows of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).