A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that while most Americans do not consider themselves sleep-deprived, a significant minority of them are still taking a nap during the day.
As a result, the study shows that the media is doing a poor job of portraying the state of sleep in the U.S. today.
The Pew Research survey found that in 2017, an average of 21% of Americans reported having had at least one night’s sleep-related wakefulness.
That figure, while still far from the 40% recorded in 2012, is well below the national average of 35%.
Moreover, the majority of those who had had one or more nights of sleep-linked wakefulness reported being tired or irritable during the night.
Among those with only one night, 23% reported feeling tired, compared to 31% of those with two or more.
The majority of the survey respondents, 56%, said they had fallen asleep in a noisy, crowded, crowded place and 24% said they have fallen asleep while in an office or other busy place.
The survey also found that people who slept at home on the night before the survey also reported being more tired the next morning.
Nearly a third of respondents (31%) said they slept in an empty office or home office, compared with 15% who said they were in an “office or other office” that was crowded or noisy.
And a majority of respondents who had fallen into a sleep-sick state reported that they woke up more tired than those who did not.
The study also found: A majority of Americans (59%) said that they have had two or three nights of daytime sleep-sleep-wakeful.
That’s up from 53% in 2012.
In 2017, only 15% of respondents said they reported having slept that night in an open space.
And only 21% said that the next day, they awoke more tired.
And the vast majority (82%) said their sleep habits were in line with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s recommendations for daytime sleep.
Among people who had slept that day, 43% reported having fallen asleep and 24%, said that it was a bit more difficult than they expected.
Among the rest, 24% reported that their night was “poor” or “very poor.”
And only 8% reported waking up in a comfortable bed, and 10% reported “very comfortable.”
The study found that sleep was also often a secondary concern for people who experienced nightmares and that, even among those who reported experiencing nightmares, only 12% said their nightmares were related to their sleep.
And people who reported having nightmares reported having a lower likelihood of being able to identify what had happened during the nightmares, compared the rest of the population.
“The media often presents the picture of sleep as an inevitable state of affairs in which we wake up, go to bed, have a good night’s rest, and then begin our day,” said Dr. John P. LeBlanc, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
“But that’s not always true,” he added.
“There are also people who are able to sleep for long periods of time and still feel tired.”
The research also found a significant disconnect between the perception of sleep and the actual sleep patterns of Americans.
A majority (55%) of respondents in 2017 said they didn’t feel that their sleep was being affected by events outside their control.
And most (61%) said it was more important to them that they didn´t experience nightmares.
However, in 2017 only 29% of people reported experiencing dreams during their sleep, while 26% said it happened during their night.
In addition, only 21 percent of respondents reported experiencing sleep-walking during their entire waking hours.
A second survey found the opposite: Only 16% of adults said they often had dreams during the year and only 6% reported they were the reason they had them.
The results also found the gap between Americans’ perception of the quality of sleep on the one hand and their reality on the other.
According to the survey, only 26% of American adults reported that “their sleep was good” during the past year.
Only 10% of the adult population said that their nighttime sleep was “good,” while 31% said “not good.”
And in 2017 22% of all adults said their daytime sleep was better than they had expected, while 36% said the opposite.
The researchers noted that the survey questions were asked of both men and women.
They found that older Americans and those who have a history of sleep disorders tended to report better quality sleep than younger Americans.
And among men, the researchers found that younger people had a higher percentage of good sleep than older people, although they were not necessarily more likely to report good quality.
The findings come as Congress considers a new version of the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.
In the 2016 survey, NSF found that Americans aged 65 and older reported the lowest levels of sleep