Sleep: There’s no place like home

alarm clock on mattressWhen it comes to sleeping, there really is no place like home, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2012 Bedroom Poll.

“Americans are taking control of their bedrooms and they are happy with the results,” says David M. Cloud, NSF chief executive officer.

How happy?

  • Nine out of 10 respondents say having a comfortable mattress and pillows is important for a good night’s sleep, followed closely by comfortable sheets (86%), a quiet room (74%) and a dark bedroom (73%).
  • The majority of Americans say their bedroom is better than a quality hotel room. More than half of respondents rate their pillows (62%), sheets (56%) and mattress (55%) as better than those found at a quality hotel.
  • When Americans want to create a romantic environment, 73% feel that sheets and bedding are important, followed closely by the mattress (71%).
  • Despite technological innovations, 89% say alarm clocks still have an important place in their bedroom.
  • 71% say they have a TV in their bedroom and 11% say they leave it on all night. Some 39% say they have a computer in their bedroom and 3% leave it on all night.

In releasing the results, the NSF offered tips for making the bedroom an ideal place for sleep, including:

  • Treat your bedroom as your sanctuary from the stresses of the day. Create a comfortable sleeping environment with a quality mattress and pillows that is free of distractions.
  • Be sure your bedroom is dark when you go to bed and will stay dark until you get the sleep you need. Use light-blocking curtains or shades to keep the room dark.

The NSF commissioned WB&A Market Research to poll Americans ages 25 to 55. A total of 500 telephone interviews and 504 web surveys were conducted.

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