By Gina Roberts-Grey
A Better Sleep Council (BSC) survey found 45 percent of Americans fall asleep someplace other than on their mattress once a week or
The survey says overall, one-third of Americans are “sleeping around” more than once a week; 1 in 10 do so daily.
Men slightly edge out women (14 percent vs. 8 percent) as being more likely to nod off or fall asleep somewhere other than their bed. And when asked about the strange places they’ve fallen asleep, those participating in the BSC survey reported:
- 1 in 10 doze off at work (this number doubled when factoring in students snoozing at their desks)
- 7 percent take a catnap in church
- 7 percent admit to sleeping in the car. That’s not surprising if they’re a passenger; however, some reported falling asleep while driving!
- 6 percent sleep on public transportation
- 4 percent fall asleep on the toilet
However, regardless of whether you fall sound asleep, “rest your eyes” or simply take a catnap at various times of the day, sleeping around can disrupt your sleep pattern where it matters most—in the bedroom.
Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Ariz., noted the bedroom provides the
“Sleeping in places other than your bedroom starts to confuse your subconscious, disrupting the natural cue to sleep that happens in the bedroom.”
Basically, when you sleep in other spots, your brain gets confused and stops associating the bedroom with sleep. So when you finally do go to bed, your brain might not trigger the prompt to the rest of your body to fall asleep, Rosenberg said.
The fix is simple.
When a bad case of the head bobs hit, don’t cheat on your bedroom and steal 40
And because dehydration may cause fatigue, also try drinking a glass of water to stay awake.
Don’t get a reputation for sleeping around. To help stay