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First International Bedroom Poll Released
Posted: September 16, 2013
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One-fourth of those in the U.K. (27%), the U.S. (25%) and Canada (23%) say they rarely or never get a good night's sleep during the work week. Notably, one-in-ten in the U.K. (11%) say they never get a good night's sleep on work nights, twice the percentage of the other countries surveyed.
Despite slightly higher reported sleep satisfaction, almost one-third of Japanese (31%, about twice the rate of all other countries surveyed,) say they rarely or never woke up when they needed to during the work week, suggesting more sleep is desired.
"It is important to look at cultural differences in sleep, and not always to assume a U.S. focus," says Jan Born, professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Tubingen, Germany and a member of the NSF 2013 International Bedroom Poll expert panel. "Sleep is deeply inter-connected with health and performance, but it is often overlooked by researchers. This poll shows intriguing cultural variations on how we tackle this nightly, biological ritual."
What makes a great bedroom? The answer may surprise you.
Roughly nine-out-of-ten in Mexico (92%), Germany (90%) and the U.K. (86%) and three-fourths in the U.S. (78%), and Canada (78%) agree they feel more relaxed if their bedroom has a fresh, pleasant scent. Moreover, the majority of nationalities surveyed (65%-79%) agree they take steps to make sure their bedrooms smell the way they want.
"Studies have shown that scent plays a powerful role in relaxation and memory-building," says David Cloud, National Sleep Foundation CEO. "Having a pleasant scent and a relaxing bedroom routine can contribute to a good night's sleep. No matter what your nationality, you will spend about a third of your life in bed. Fresh air and a pleasant scent are great ways to improve your sleep experience."