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Washington Dwellers Can’t Sleep — Sleepless in More Than Just Seattle

by Angela Maple

Space Needle and downtown Seattle scenery

At a Glance:

Washington Health

What is Insufficient Sleep?

4 Tips for How to Sleep Better


Why Trust Us?

Besides eating, drinking, and breathing, sleep is the most essential to the human body — mentally and physically. We can’t function properly without sleep, but according to a new study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of American adults aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis.

Did you know that at least 32.2 percent of Americans are experiencing insufficient sleep (less than seven hours per night), resulting in a decline in sleep health? And of that 32.2 percent, 29.7 percent of Washington state residents are struggling to get 8 hours of beauty sleep every night. Why is that?

Well, let’s find out! Our Mattress Land sleep experts will take a deep dive into why Washington locals can’t sleep in this guide. Read on for more details about how insufficient sleep affects the body, sleep statistics, and some tips that’ll send you off to dreamland for the rest of the night.

Millions of Americans can’t sleep. It’s a nationwide epidemic that American adults are getting less than seven hours of sleep per night. Washington dwellers are no different, ranking number nine in the nation for insufficient sleep.

Washington Health

In Washington, insufficient sleep among adults tends to be higher in:

  • Men (30.3 percent) than women (29.1 percent).
  • Adults ages 18­–44 (31.6 percent) compared to those 65 and older (25.1 percent).
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (54.2 percent), American Indian/Alaska Native (46.7 percent), African American (44 percent), and multiracial (39.1 percent) adults than White (29.3 percent), Asian (27.4 percent) and Hispanic (25.1 percent) adults.
  • Adults with an annual household income of less than $25,00 (37.4 percent) compared to others who make $75,000 or more (26.8 percent).

Stress, lack of exercise, a poor diet, frequent financial problems, and other factors might make getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night more difficult than those who prioritize different areas of a healthy lifestyle. Although many Washington residents value fitness, healthy eating, and other healthy lifestyle choices more than the average American, this does not guarantee they get adequate sleep.

According to research, sleep duration has been connected to both blood sugar management and metabolic changes, and those who sleep less than seven hours each night are at an elevated risk of diabetes and obesity.

States with greater than average levels of sleep deprivation frequently have a higher incidence of diabetes, obesity, or both, though this is not always the case. In Washington, 8.6 percent of adults have diabetes, and 28 percent are clinically obese, compared to 10.6 percent and 31.9 percent in the rest of the US, respectively.

What is Insufficient Sleep?

tired woman on couch

Almost everyone has encountered a zombie-like feeling after a night of minimal or no sleep. Even after just one night without enough rest, we can feel drowsy during the day with slowed thinking, lack of energy, and an irritable mood. If you are experiencing this zombie-like mood on a nightly basis, insufficient sleep might be the problem.

Insufficient sleep occurs when you don’t receive enough sleep at night on a regular basis, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. This is usually caused by going to bed later than your body anticipates falling asleep. Staying up late to watch a movie, read a book before bed, do assignments, scroll on your phone in bed, or watch one more episode, for example, can prevent you from getting adequate sleep.

Insufficient sleep can lead to the buildup of sleep debt, which is a person’s desire to make up for lost sleep during the week on the weekend. Insufficient sleep can eventually lead to sleep deprivation, which occurs when you are unable to sleep because of poor or diminished sleep.

Risks of Insufficient Sleep

  • Lack of energy
  • Reduced attention span
  • Poor or risky decision-making
  • Reduced productivity and quality of life
  • Slowed thinking
  • Worsened memory
  • Mood swings
  • Higher chances of unintentional mistakes and accidents

4 Tips for How to Sleep Better

woman sleeping deeply in bed at night

Insufficient sleep is a threat to public health on a national scale. Not getting enough sleep can lead to a variety of issues ranging from minor annoyances (daytime tiredness or irritability) to major health concerns (heart disease and stroke). It can also lead to significant dangers to yourself and others — falling asleep at the wheel or missing work and reduced productivity, makes widespread sleep deprivation a major public health concern for Washington residents.

Washington locals who can’t sleep and are frequently getting insufficient sleep can take a serious hit both on their personal health and productivity and their overall quality of life. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks to get better sleep. Take a look at these sleep solutions!

Be Consistent

Set a schedule, go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.

Remove Gadgets

Before you go to sleep, take out all electronic devices like laptops, smartphones, TVs, or tablets from your bedroom.

Get Some Exercise

If you can’t sleep because you’re wide awake at night, getting physically active during the day can help you burn some of that energy so you can fall asleep more easily at night.

Find the Right Mattress

When it’s time to replace your mattress, let Mattress Land help you find a solution to your sleep problems. Curious how we’re going to do that? With our BedFIT, of course!

BedFIT is our exclusive, patented science-based technology that takes the guesswork out of finding the mattress that fits you. The process is simple and easy — shoppers lie down on our diagnostic test bed. The BedFIT computer takes a precise series of pressure and alignment readings to create a digital map of your body and pressure points. The BedFIT system will then determine the best postural support and pressure relief for your body type. Then all you need to do is choose from the recommended bed and pillows on your BedFIT review!

We at Mattress Land want to help our Washington customers fight against insufficient sleep. With these helpful sleep tips and statistics about insufficient sleep in Washington, our shoppers may be able to go from ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ to sleeping like a baby on their ideal mattress wrapped up in cozy bed sheets and comforters.

Sleep Health Infographic

Sleep Health FAQs

We know it can be a struggle to get sleep at night, but we at Mattress Land want to alleviate those sleepless nights for our Washington residents. You deserve the perfect mattress that can help improve your sleep. So, here are a few of our frequently asked questions by our mattress shoppers that can’t sleep.

Q: Which state gets the best sleep?

The residents of Puerto Rico are the best rested. Meanwhile, the residents of Hawaii are the least rested.

Q: How much sleep did the average American get in 2020?

The typical American receives seven or more hours of sleep each night. 35.2% of US adults in the US report sleeping fewer than seven hours each night.

Q: What happens if you don’t get enough sleep?

When you don’t get enough sleep and continue to function like that for prolonged periods of time, it can lead to minor or severe health problems. This could range from sleep disorders and irritability to high blood pressure, diabetes, or depression.

Q: What percent of America is sleep-deprived?

About 70 percent of American adults have reported suffering from insufficient sleep at least once a month. In comparison, 11 percent of adults have reported not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.

Q: How much sleep do adults need?

Adults ages 18 and up need at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

Q: How much rem sleep do you need?

When resting for seven to nine hours a night, there are multiple sleep states. When it comes to how much REM (rapid eye movement) sleep we need, a healthy adult should be spending at least 20–25 percent of their sleep in the REM stage.

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Why Trust Mattress Land?

Since 1996, Mattress Land has been making strides in the mattress industry to provide our customers the sleep experience they need — and deserve. We do that by offering the ultimate customer experience, complete with our trained experts, BedFIT™ computerized diagnostics, and our impressive showroom. We’ll make sure that you find the right sleep solution for your sleeping habits so you can feel energized in your day-to-day life.

We are also proud of our diverse, employee-driven culture, where our teams work hard toward a common goal. We know that better sleep makes all the difference, and our commitment to changing the landscape of traditional mattress shopping is how we know Mattress Land is one of the best mattress stores around.

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At Mattress Land, we provide quality name-brand mattresses for great prices. Our sleep experts are always happy to help you find the right mattress when you can’t sleep. With locations throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, Mattress Land is bound to have a sleep solution for everyone. We are more accessible than ever! You can call us at 800-909-9299, visit our website to shop Mattress Land sales, and check out Mattress Land reviews online. Or better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to discover why we are everyone’s favorite local mattress store. Visit us today!

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