2014 Sleep in America Poll: Part 1

sleepfamEach year the National Sleep Foundation commissions a research service to conduct a national survey regarding sleep practices in the modern American family. The purpose of the poll this year was to examine beliefs held by modern families with school-aged children regarding sleep, and the sleep practices of these families.  In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, shares some of the results of this year’s National Sleep Foundation 2014 poll.

The Poll

Several objectives were examined during the research study which consisted of 1,103 adults serving as parents of at least one child between 6 and 17 years of age. Two of the objectives included 1) the parent’s perception of the importance of sleep, and 2) the quality of sleep of the parents and their children.

The Importance of Sleep

The majority of parents polled put high importance on sleep. Over 90 percent felt that sleep was important for their and their children’s overall health and well-being. They believed that sleep influenced both their and their children’s behavior, performance, health, and mood. Sleep was rated by the parents as slightly more important for the child than the parent. Sixty-nine percent of parents rated sleep as one of the most important factors for the child’s school performance.

Sleep Quality

Parents rated their child’s sleep quality which varied by age. The older the child, the worse the quality of sleep, according to the parents. In general, most parents felt their children obtained good quality sleep.

Dr. Stewart’s next sleep blog will be a continuation of the National Sleep Foundation 2014 poll results.

About Your Livonia MI Dentist Dr. Stewart

James R. Stewart, Jr, DDS, PC and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. If you think you or a loved one is dealing with a sleep disorder, call our office today at (734) 425-4400, to schedule an appointment. At Dental sleep Medicine of Michigan, we are committed to forming trusting relationships with our patients so we can work together to achieve sound treatment and a future full of restful nights.