What Do Young Adults Think About Sleep?

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For those who believe the headlines, young adults and millennials are ruining everything from golf to gold prices. But what’s their relationship to sleep?

Technology company Royal Philips just released the findings from their annual sleep survey, which asked over 15,000 adults in 13 countries (namely, the United States, the U.K., Germany, Poland, France, India, China, Australia, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and Japan) about their sleep habits.

The survey found that 77% of respondents tried to improve their sleep in some way using strategies such as listening to soothing music, meditating, improving the air quality in their bedroom, using special bedding, or instituting a regular bedtime and wake-up time.

When the researchers broke their data down by age category, they noticed some interesting findings.

Survey Says: Young Adults And Sleep

According to the survey results, young adults aged 18 to 24 had a different approach to sleep than many older people. Only 38% of young adults were likely to follow a set bedtime, compared to 47% of people over age 25. Despite this, young adults got more sleep than their older counterparts — an average of 7.2 hours per night, compared to an average of 6.9 hours for people over 25.

Young adults also felt guiltier about bad sleep habits than older generations (35% versus 26%) and were more likely to have taken steps to improve their sleep than older generations (86% versus 75%).

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that young adults aged 18 to 25 aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Nevertheless, the survey results suggest that many young adults — especially students in college — don’t reach that amount on a regular basis. Frequent sleep deprivation can cause irritability, impaired decision-making, problems with concentration, and memory issues. Sleep deprivation can also cause accidents at work and drowsy driving accidents.

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“Sleep is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. On a day to day basis, how well and how long we slept the night before is the single most important variable dictating how we feel,” said Dr. David White, the Chief Medical Officer at Philips, in a press release.

“Thus inadequate sleep can have an immediate impact on our wellbeing, unlike exercise or diet. This survey shows that despite knowing sleep is important to overall health, people are still struggling to address it in the same way they would exercise or nutrition,” said White. “The more we understand how sleep impacts everything we do, the better we can adjust our lifestyle and find solutions that help us get better sleep.”

[Editor’s Note: The information provided should not be considered a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a sleep doctor or other medical expert if questions arise around one’s own health.]

Featured image: Syda Productions/Shutterstock

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