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How much sleep does the average adult get?

One survey, which included 1,500 adults ages 25-55, interviewed by telephone, gathered basic information about how well Americans think they are sleeping. Many people report sleeping well sometimes, but fewer than half say they sleep well most nights:
  • 77% of respondents said they get a good night's sleep on at least a few nights per week
  • 42% said they experience a good night's sleep every night or almost every night
  • 13% reported rarely or never getting a good night of sleep
Overall, people report sleeping more on weekends than during the week. The average nightly sleep for weeknights was 6 hours and 30 minutes, at the low end of the recommended 6-8 hours per night. The weekend average rose to 7 hours and 12 minutes. Those with the strongest sleep habits -- people who reported sleeping well every night or almost every night -- also reported sleeping more on both weeknights and weekends, averaging almost 1 hour of additional sleep, compared to the rest of respondents.

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