At Hayneedle, it’s safe to say we know our way around bedroom décor. To say we’re sleep experts, however, would be a bit of a stretch. Even so, we thought it would be fun to poll our coworkers and take a look at our collective sleep habits. We’ve gathered advice from our employees who do it best (or at least have a humorous perspective about it), and we’re ready to bring our findings to you.
Here are the survey highlights.
Nearly 70 percent of Hayneedle employees get 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night. But while we celebrate our well-rested staff, we also have to recognize the high-functioning 1 percent that makes it on four hours or less.
Tip: Try an old-fashioned alarm clock and leave your phone in another room overnight to avoid distractions.
Nearly 100 percent of employees wake up before 8 a.m. (Work at Hayneedle starts around 9 a.m. at the latest, so we’re glad to see no one is oversleeping.) Fifty percent rise between 5 and 6:30 a.m. – so many early risers!
Waking up to an alarm can be hard (it’s not natural for our bodies to wake up so suddenly), but 83 percent of employees only hit the snooze button once, twice, or not at all.
Tip: Need help falling asleep? A number of our staff recommend meditation, white noise, or melatonin before bed.
The majority of Hayneedle staff (86 percent) fall asleep within 30 minutes of going to bed. If you have trouble falling asleep, our staff recommends tactics such as regular exercise and breathing exercises before bed.
Only 9 percent of employees put their screens away the recommended 30 to 60 minutes before bed. Meanwhile, 66 percent give themselves less than 10 minutes to unplug. (Just one more episode, am I right?)
Tip: Some Hayneedle employees recommend reading before bed instead of checking emails or streaming a show online.
Fifty-one percent of staff wake up once or not at all each night. We’re going to assume the other half is just hydrated.
Fifty-four percent of staff drink a healthy one to two servings of caffeine a day, while 7 percent are riding a four-plus serving high.
Tip: A number of our staff recommend limiting caffeine consumption after noon. Another tip? Eat a light, early dinner.
For the 76 percent of survey takers who actually remember their dreams, their most common recurring scenarios were the following: being unprepared for a test or event, buildings and houses, being chased, falling or drowning, and being trapped. Wondering what this says about us? Read our article on dream interpretation.