If you suspect you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re probably right: A new survey says 83% of Americans don’t get a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis.
Why not? Stress and anxiety were cited as the top reason by 48% of the 1,008 adults interviewed by the polling firm Harris Interactive. In addition, 47% of those surveyed said they simply weren’t able to turn off their thoughts.
Among other culprits:
* 38% of Americans said pain interfered with their ability to catch the necessary ZZZZs.
* 32% said they were too overtired to rest.
* 23% blamed background noise.
* 23% chalked up their lack of sleep to children or pets.
* 18% said they had breathing problems that kept them from sleeping soundly.
* 17% said their spouses or significant others were to blame.
Overall, women (88%) were more likely than men (78%) to report sleep deprivation or sleep disorders, the survey found.