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SleepRate Survey: Summer Months Bring More Stress, Less Sleep
One Third of Americans Report Losing Sleep over “Summer Stress”; Parents Hit Especially Hard
While people typically associate summer with relaxing vacations and lazy afternoons at the beach, that doesn’t mean they are getting the quality sleep they need. According to SleepRate’s survey, 48% blame less sleep on busier social schedules, with 69% feeling obligated to attend as many as three social events per week – that’s almost half of summer! Even travel and vacations, while still considered fun, boost stress levels for 35%.
Parents, the survey suggests, may find themselves particularly harried with 43% admitting their kids’ new schedules, daycare needs, and other summer-related issues added more stress to their lives.
Of those who have a harder time sleeping during the summer months, 70% blame the warmer weather (80% overall sleep better in cooler temperatures)
Of all age groups, 18-29 year-olds are most likely to feel more relaxed during the summer (75%). They also tend to pack more into their schedules, with 63% attending up to 3 events per week, 14% attending up to 6 events per week, and 9% attending as many as 9 events per week. Despite this, 77% claim their summers are less stressful than the rest of the year.
“For many, vacations, barbeques and simply passing the time away will always be what summer is about,” said SleepRate CEO Uli Gal-Oz. “But it’s important for people to realize that summer fun itself can add stress and chew up time in a way that deprives them of much-needed sleep. By making sure a good night’s sleep is always included in their summer plans, people can have more energy and an easier transition into fall when it’s back to business.”
Additional survey findings include the top regions that find summer less relaxing:
South Atlantic (52%)
West South Central (48%)
West North Central (46%)
More than 300 US residents (18 years-old or older) participated in the SleepRate Summer Stress Survey, conducted online during the month of May 2014.
Based in Palo Alto, California and Petach Tikva, Israel, SleepRate (http://www.sleeprate.com/