LOS ANGELES — If you suspect you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re probably right: A new survey says 83 percent of Americans don’t get a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis.
Why not? Stress and anxiety were cited as the top reason by 48 percent of the 1,008 adults interviewed by the polling firm Harris Interactive. In addition, 47 percent of those surveyed said they simply weren’t able to turn off their thoughts.
Among other culprits:
• 38 percent of Americans said pain interfered with their ability to catch the necessary Zs.
• 32 percent said they were too overtired to rest.
• 23 percent blamed background noise.
• 23 percent chalked up their lack of sleep to children or pets.
• 18 percent said they had breathing problems that kept them from sleeping soundly.
• 17 percent said their spouses or significant others were to blame.
Overall, women (88 percent) were more likely than men (78 percent) to report sleep deprivation or sleep disorders, the survey found.
People in households with a total income of less than $35,000 a year were also more likely than those in households that earned more.