Proof that we could all use a bit more quality time between the sheets (not that kind of quality time, you guys): A new sleep survey of over 1,000 adults, conducted by the TODAY Show, found that nearly half of adults would rather get a good night’s sleep than have sex. And when it comes to women, that number jumps up to 65 percent. Why, you ask? Well, according to the survey, we simply don’t get enough shut-eye.
Did you just yawn? And are you a little bit grumpy? Because if this new data is any indication, you probably didn’t get enough sleep last night: Jawbone, a company that makes fitness trackers that also track sleep patterns, analyzed thousands of their users’ sleep patterns throughout the country, and it turns out Philadelphians are not getting enough Zzzs.
It’s not news: Losing out on a good night’s sleep can make you feel all kinds of crazy, lazy and grumpy-toddler-ish. And according to this new video by AsapSCIENCE, not getting enough rest also makes you act drunk. Seriously! Researchers found that folks who got just six hours of sleep each night over the course of two weeks had the same reaction time as a legally drunk person. One word: yikes.
Along with making you feel like you’ve spent all morning downing mimosas, over time, lack of sleep also negatively impacts cognitive function and ups risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Obviously, none of these conditions are on anyone’s wish list, but what’s a gal to do if she just can’t stop tossing and turning? Well, we found five science-backed tricks that can be helpful in the snooze department. So read up and rest easy, friends.
I’ve never been a big bedtime spooner, and luckily for me, my husband isn’t, either. My sister, on the other hand, is one of those all-up-in-your-grill sleeping partners; she says she and her husband spoon all night, ever night, and have even somehow managed to sync up their tossing and turning: If one person rolls, the other rolls, too.
According to a new study, she must have a really, really happy marriage because it found that couples who sleep so close together that they touch are also the happiest. Researchers at University of Hertfordshire in England found that 94 percent of couples who sleep so that they’re touching reported being “happy” with their relationship, while only 66 percent of people who don’t touch could say the same thing.
If the first thing you do after opening your eyes in the morning is check your email, Instagram and Facebook, then your mornings could probably use a change of pace. I mean, I don’t know about you, but responding to an urgent email, seeing a photo of my friend’s amazing (and totally envy-inducing) Caribbean vacation, and reading a status about how miserably cold it is outside, all before I’ve even had a chance to yawn, seriously stresses me out. Yet, this is what I do. Every. Single. Morning.
So, after years of practicing a totally anxiety-inducing morning routine, I went to the folks who are healthy and fit for a living to get some pointers on how de-stress my wake-up routine.