This article has been reviewed according to Science X's editorial process and policies. Editors have highlighted the following attributes while ensuring the content's credibility:


reputable news agency


What's your bedtime routine? Survey finds Americans' favorites

What's your bedtime routine? survey finds americans' favorites

A hot shower, a glass of wine, a good book and sex are a few of Americans' favorite ways to unwind at bedtime, a new survey shows.

"What defines a comfortable night's sleep varies from person to person, but developing a consistent sleep routine that removes distraction is a big first step in building a habit of good sleep health," said Dr. James Rowley, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

A successful routine should lead to seven or more hours of shuteye, he said in an AASM news release.

"Going to bed at the same time each night is one of the keys to a successful and healthy sleep routine, yet only about one-third of people are doing it," said Rowley, director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago.

About 39% of take a bath or shower first, 30% shut off electronics, and 29% read. A quarter have sex.

About 1 in 5 meditate, do breathing exercises, or stretch. Twenty-two percent have a cup of tea or other non-alcoholic beverage, while 15% use alcohol to unwind. Twenty percent have a cigarette or vape, and 19% smoke marijuana.

Many rely on accessories to help them nod off, including fans (47%), black-out curtains (29%), weighted blankets or sleep masks (20% each), noise machines or apps (18%), and earplugs (16%).

Nearly a quarter rely on an with wake-up lights to get going.

The found that even if they manage to get to sleep, noise and light often jolt them awake. Thirty-six percent said their sleep is always or often disrupted by outside noise, while more than one-third were bothered by indoor or outdoor lights.

"The provides the perfect time to reset habits to ensure that healthy sleep is a priority," Rowley said.

The of 2,005 adults in the U.S. was conducted March 24-29, 2023. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Copyright © 2024 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: What's your bedtime routine? Survey finds Americans' favorites (2024, January 10) retrieved 19 June 2024 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Most Americans lose sleep due to 'digital distractions.' Experts offer tips to help


Feedback to editors