SLEEP IN AMERICA: 1995 GALLUP POLL

Updated February 12, 1999

The 1995 Gallup poll, conducted for the National Sleep Foundation, surveyed 1,027 adult men and women, 18 years of age or older.

| Sleeping difficulties | Knowledge and attitudes about sleep | Experiences of those with sleeping difficulties | All adults: sleeping behavior | discussion with healthcare professionals | Awareness and knowledge of treatments available to help promote sleep | Awareness and knowledge of treatments and methods used to help promote sleep |

SLEEPING DIFFICULTIES

Half have experienced sleeping difficulties, 12% on a frequent basis

Women and adults under age 55 more likely to report difficulty sleeping

A majority of adults who have frequent sleeping problems are concerned

Adults with sleeping difficulties less likely to rate their physical health and other aspects of life as excellent

KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES ABOUT SLEEP

Many have “sleep knowledge,” but misconceptions exist

EXPERIENCES OF THOSE WITH SLEEPING DIFFICULTIES

Length of sleep difficulties averages nine years

ALL ADULTS: SLEEPING BEHAVIOR

Adults may use weekends to make up for lost sleep

Specific problems experienced by people with sleeping difficulties

Stress/worries most often named as cause of sleeping difficulty

DISCUSSION WITH HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL/AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE OF TREATMENTS AVAILABLE TO HELP PROMOTE SLEEP

A majority who have sleep problems have not discussed sleep difficulty with health care professional

AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE OF TREATMENTS AND METHODS USED TO HELP PROMOTE SLEEP

Adults try variety of methods to help promote sleep

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