BSC study shows COVID-19 taking its toll on Americans’ sleep

Melisa D. Galvin

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on Americans’ sleep habits, according to a new study conducted for the Better Sleep Council. 

Stress levels are rising, sleep is suffering, and economic worries are mounting, the study found. It showed how significantly the pandemic has impacted Americans’ views in the two months since an earlier study was conducted.  

“It’s no surprise that COVID-19 negatively impacted Americans’ health, and the extreme two-month sleep shift is alarming,” said Mary Helen Rogers, vice president of marketing and communications for the BSC. “However, if we take our findings and help Americans unwind and sleep better during this pandemic, we’ll fulfill our role as the ‘Guardians of America’s Sleep.’” 

The BSC launched the second part of its “The State of America’s Sleep” in January 2020 but then completed another round of research in March to compare sleep habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings include:

  • In January, four in 10 (41%) Americans reported feeling stressed often or very often. In March, over half of Americans (53%) felt stressed about COVID-19 often or very often. 
  • In January, 54% of Americans were getting the minimum seven to eight hours of recommended sleep. In March, fewer than half (49%) did. 
  • Similarly, in January, more than four in 10 Americans described their sleep as poor or fair (43%). In March, more than half of the nation qualified their sleep as poor or fair (52%). 
  • About one-third of the nation felt good about the economy in January (38%) vs. less than 20% that did in March. 
  • And lack of confidence in the stock market prevailed in the nation in March (56% of Americans disagree that they have confidence in the stock market) vs. 39% who held that view in January. 

The Better Sleep Council is the consumer-education arm of the International Sleep Products Assn., the trade association for the mattress industry.


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