U.S. Adults Wake Up To The Power Of Sleep

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Most U.S. adults view sleep as a significant investment made in their overall health, and use their nightly slumber to relieve stress and restore balance to their lives.

The findings are part of an independently researched study for Tempur-Pedic International Inc., the leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of premium mattresses and pillows worldwide. Tempur-Pedic's 2007 National Wellness Survey polled more than 1,500 adults across the United States to gauge their perceptions of sleep as it relates to health and overall well- being.

"There is no denying the importance of the restorative nature of sleep," said Barry Bittman, MD, neurologist, internationally recognized wellness expert and member of Tempur-Pedic's Wellness Advisory Board. "The fact that U.S. adults are saying they consider it a major stress-reducer demonstrates a widespread appreciation of the value of a good night's sleep."

Regardless of whether American adults are actually taking their own advice, they overwhelmingly understand that sleep is every bit as important to their health as proper exercise and nutrition. The survey found that American adults believe sleep (42%) more so than exercise (39%) and far more than nutrition (19%) does the most to restore their sense of well-being.

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"A good night's sleep has gained its rightful place alongside proper diet and exercise as a rational means to maximize health in the minds of Americans," said Bittman. "Years ago many of these same people would not have considered sleep a valuable aspect of wellness."

The Tempur-Pedic Wellness Survey also took a historical look at stress relief and found that over the past 20 years, Americans' belief that sleep is effective at relieving stress has steadily increased from 31% twenty years ago to 44% today.

Americans use sleep as part of their personal wellness programs, (2) the elements for getting a good night's sleep and sleeping environments, and (3) perceptions of the effects of sleep. Some of the highlights include:

-- Sleep is the first choice of Americans in their wellness regimen: one and a half times more than proper diet and two times more than exercise.

-- Three out of four Americans (76%) say a good night's sleep makes them feel younger.

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