January 12, 2013

Less Than 8% Of Americans Sleep Nude

Home décor store, Anna’s Linens, surveys 3,700 people with some pretty strange and surprising results.

Sleep is nature’s way of recharging of our bodies’ batteries. There are early birds and night owls, folks who snore, and insomniacs. As with anything else in life, we’re all different, and Anna’s Linens’ survey definitely reflects that.

According to the survey, 74 percent of Americans wear pajamas to bed, and the rest wear “something else”. What’s interesting is the number that reported sleeping nude. That’s less than one in ten, or 8%!

Speaking of sleeping nude, I dated a girl in high school and when I spent the night at her house (what were our parents thinking?) she warned me: if you get up in the middle of the night, don’t turn on any lights. My dad sleeps naked and he sleepwalks a lot. Luckily, I never saw anything.

It just depends on how I’m feeling. Nine times out of ten though, I sleep in athletic basketball-style shorts without a shirt.

Some of the other stats that came from the survey reflect sleep quality and style.

65% of people get a good restful night’s sleep only three or less nights per week.

74% of people sleep on their side, 16% on their stomachs, and 10% on their backs.

I seem to be the minority when it comes to these stats. As a kid, I always slept on my stomach and I had a hard time falling asleep. Now though, I fall asleep in no time, and often sleep on my back. I’d say I get a good restful night’s sleep probably every night of the week.

“The company also found that many people don’t remember their dreams. More than half of the respondents said they could recall less than a quarter of their dreams, while about 10 percent said they remembered nearly all their dreams from the previous night’s sleep.

As for the nature of the dreams, nearly 70 percent felt their dreams were not as “interesting” as their friends’ dreams. However, another 44 percent said their dreams were “more bizarre” than their friends’.”

Anna’s Linens probably wanted to know more about people’s sleep habits so they could better target their marketing; it makes perfect sense.

“We were surprised eight percent of our respondents admitted to sleeping naked. For that group, we suggest our 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets,” CEO Alan Gladstone said. “They feel great against the skin.”

Some other interesting sleep facts are, lack of sleep can raise the sensation of hunger by 25 percent. Sleep more and you can eat more or burn more calories. Also, sleep deprivation is linked with lower libido and less interest in sex in both men and women. Sometimes to spice things up you need to start by resting.

Rapper Eminem lines his windows with aluminum foil to keep the room dark no matter what time he’s sleeping. Traveling often can affect sleep schedules, so that’s how he avoids any lost Z’s.

Diva Mariah Carey reportedly sleeps 15 hours a night with more than 15 humidifiers.

Tom Cruise snores, and Lady Gaga likes to sleep in the gigantic egg from her 2011 Grammy appearance.

Do you do something weird when you sleep?

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