How much sleep did you get last night? Eight hours? Five hours? Now think back to how you felt when you woke up, were you happy? The results of a recent survey conducted by the mattress company Amerisleep suggests that people who wake up the happiest sleep 7.1 hours at night.
There have been multiple studies that have proven the benefits of sleep: higher pain tolerance, improved brain function, an increased capacity to retain information, and what this survey shows, it helps to boost your mood.
If you want to be a little happier every day, go ahead and hit that snooze button!
Amerisleep surveyed 2,000 people about their sleeping habits, their happiness, and relationships. Their results were, for the most part as expected, but still interesting nonetheless.
People deemed “perfectly happy” received 7.1 hours of sleep each night, while those classified as “completely unhappy” slept for 6.7 hours a night. The difference in time between being perfectly happy and completely unhappy is small, but the outcome is major.
Would you mind going to bed 24 minutes earlier if that meant you could wake up “perfectly happy”?
The survey also measured the average amount of time slept compared to the level of happiness and split the results by gender.
“Women, on average, get less sleep than men, but their sleep habits seem to correlate more strongly with their happiness,” states the Amerisleep report.
Women who reported getting only 5.94 hours of sleep were also the least happy.
On the other hand, men slept, on average, around 7 hours each night. While those who were completely happy slept 7.17 hours a night, those who considered themselves to be mostly happy slept 6.96 hours, six minutes less than those who reported being “somewhat happy.”
The survey also questioned participants about their relationships and whether or not it affected their sleep. Not surprisingly those who said they worried about their relationship all the time slept the least. Those who also slept the least were people who were grateful for their relationship.
So how can you sleep longer each night? Here is what the survey participants do before falling asleep every night.
For more graphs and further information on the survey you can visit Amerisleep’s website.