Sleep Is as Important To Overall Health
Adults are starting to
realize that sleep is as important to their overall health as diet and
exercise,according to a survey by Tempur-Pedic International Inc.
The company, which is the
leading worldwide manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of mattresses
and pillows, polled over 1,500 adults in the U.S. in order to find out
their perceptions of sleep and its relation to health and wellbeing.
The survey focused on three
areas: How sleep is used for personal wellness programs, sleeping
environments and elements for getting a good night's sleep, and the
effects of sleep.
It found that American Adults
believe sleep (42%) does more to restore their sense of wellbeing than
exercise (39%) and nutrition (19%).
"There is no denying the
importance of the restorative nature of sleep. The fact that U.S.
adults are saying they consider it a major stress reducer demonstrates
a widespread appreciation of the value of a good night's sleep," said
Dr. Barry Bittman, a neurologist who is on Tempur-Pedic's Wellness
Sleep is the most important
factor in Americans' wellness regimen; three out of four Americans say
that it makes them feel younger, and almost eight out of ten see sleep
as a good alternative to cosmetic surgery. Nearly all Americans say
they think more clearly and feel more balanced after a good night's
The survey also found a
steady increase in the belief that sleep is an effective stress
reliever, from 31% twenty years ago to 44% today.
"A good night's sleep has
gained its rightful place alongside proper diet and exercise as a
rational means to maximize health in the minds of Americans," said
Bittman, "Years ago many of these same people would not have considered
sleep a valuable aspect of wellness."
With the recent focus on the
importance of sleep, Americans are seeing their mattresses as
investments in their wellbeing (91%). "People are really paying
attention to what they're sleeping on and see it as a meaningful
investment in their overall wellbeing," said Rick Anderson, president
of Tempur-Pedic North America, "Obviously that's good for Tempur-Pedic
as a mattress company but it says a lot about us culturally, too. We
realize that to live a balanced life, we can't exercise, eat right, and
then not sleep well."
Americans spend as much on
their mattresses than they do on their sofas (36%) and televisions
(34%), and some even equate their mattress spending to what they spent
on a vacation (17%).
"This study shows that
Americans understand that sleep is an essential ingredient for health
and overall wellbeing," said Anderson.
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Tempur-Pedic International Inc., visit www.tempurpedic.com.