America’s Bedtime Routine

Young woman sleepingIt’s no secret sleep is an important factor in living a healthy lifestyle, but not everyone is getting enough shut-eye. Many things can impact a person’s sleep such as their mattress, bedding, and nighttime habits.

At Wake Up Sleepy Head, they wanted to learn more about Americans’ bedtime and sleep routines. They surveyed more than 1,000 people across the country and found many aren’t getting enough sleep, with the majority wishing they slept more. But why aren’t people sleeping well? There are several reasons, including their bedtime routine, stress, and uncomfortable beds.


A good bedtime routine can be essential to sleeping well and for some, the bedtime routine starts in the bathroom. 1 in 10 Americans never brush their teeth before getting shut-eye! Another 10% say they brush 2-4 nights a week, 14% brush 5-6 nights a week, and 63% brush their teeth every night. If some of those numbers were surprising, even fewer Americans are washing their face before hitting the hay. 29% never wash their face before bed, 38% wash it 1-6 nights per week, and 33% wash their face 7 nights a week.

After getting into bed, the majority of people are spending time on their phones or watching TV. In fact, 59% surf the internet in bed, 57% watch TV, 52% spend time on social media, 35% check emails, and 29% text or call people. The most popular apps people are using before going to sleep? YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and TikTok.

The average American spends 44 minutes in bed doing other things besides trying to sleep. 1 in 5 reports spending 1 hour before trying to close their eyes, 17% spend around 30 minutes, and 1 in 10 spend less than 5 minutes.

To read the full report and view the graphics, click here.

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