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New Survey Reveals Busy Americans Fail To Prioritize Sleep

San Diego, California (NAPSI) - Many Americans today struggle to get enough sleep. Despite  their attempts to do it all, pressure to meet the demands of an active, on-the-go lifestyle may be holding men and women back from achieving the type of uninterrupted slumber that leaves them feeling rejuvenated in the morning.

These issues are all too common, as the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research estimates that nearly 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems.

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. recently conducted an informal Sleep Survey  that compiled data from 1,000 people across the United States who chose to  participate in the online survey about how much and how well they sleep.  According to the findings, 71 percent of survey participants do not get the  doctor-recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Furthermore, 55  percent of those surveyed indicated that stress prevents them from falling  asleep.

“People need to remember to make sleep a priority,” said Jo  Anne Turner, Adult Nurse Practitioner. “They can take a number of  simple steps toward ensuring a restful night’s sleep, such as eating  well, reducing stress, exercising regularly and practicing good sleep  hygiene.”

Following these simple steps, as Turner suggested, and winding down after  a hectic day remain more important to sleep than many may think. Twenty-seven  percent of Sleep Survey participants do not maintain a regular workout  regimen. Engaging in moderate exercise, however, has been shown to both  reduce stress and improve sleep. Another way to keep stress levels low is to  start writing a to-do list or jotting down important thoughts before bedtime.  This helps to minimize the worries that keep people up at night.

In addition to stress, other sleep deterrents can include caffeine,  nicotine and alcohol. Many Americans may turn to caffeine or naps during the  day, but these quick pick-me-ups may actually delay getting to sleep later at  night. In fact, 25 percent of those surveyed noted that they drink more than  four caffeinated beverages per day. Nearly half of the survey participants  also admitted to indulging in a daily nap. Consuming caffeine after 2 p.m.  and napping for longer than 20 to 30 minutes can have a negative impact on  nightly sleep routines as the body has difficulty developing a natural pattern  for rest.

So, instead of trying to exhaust the day’s potential with a  double-shot latte or lengthening the day by borrowing hours from the night,  Americans can get to the root of the problem by taking responsibility for  their sleep. Working to create healthy routines, like going to bed at the  same time every night, even on the weekends, can help regulate the body’s  sleep-wake cycle and make falling asleep easier. Keeping this commitment to  wellness may forge the path toward gaining deep, restorative sleep every  night.

People who may be experiencing sleep problems are encouraged to take  control of their sleep journey by visiting www.ProjectLuna.com, where they can  access helpful tools, including doctor discussion guides, and learn more  about how making small lifestyle changes can lead to improved sleep habits.