New research suggests that getting more sleep may be better than having extra money in the bank when it comes to increasing happiness.
A survey of 2,000 adults examined the connection between happiness and sleep, revealing that 40% of those who are “very happy” with their lives are more likely to get “excellent” sleep.
Respondents listed the lack of quality sleep (45%) as the main reason why they don’t feel present in their lives, followed by stress (43%), lack of exercise or motivation (38%), lack of social life (34%) and burnout from their home lives (33%).
And to increase their happiness, people shared that they need to feel less stressed (45%) and more rested (43%). Spending more time with their kids (38%) or getting a raise/promotion (36%) can also make people happier.
The poll found that the average person experiences 10 sleepless nights per month.
Having the right amount of sleep goes a long way since 40% of respondents say they’re more likely to eat healthier and go to the gym if they do so.
And sleep may help them in their sex and home lives: almost four in five of all respondents are likelier to be more intimate with their partners, prepare a home-cooked meal and spend more time with their kids with good sleep.
Respondents also shared their must-haves for good sleep, which include having comfy pillows (50%), setting the ideal room temperature (49%), and having their electronics off an hour before bed (34%).
Nearly a third prefer reading a book and listening to music/podcasts (both 30%) before they hit the sack. And for a quarter, melatonin is essential for quality sleep (25%).
Overall, almost six in 10 say they’re determined not to have bad sleep get in the way of living their lives (58%).