Are you one of those perky morning people who wakes up alarm-free, ready to take on the day? I have a friend who insists, “If you’re standing still, you’re waiting to die.” Harsh—makes me feel like a total slacker.
I relate more to cartoonist Nicole Hollander’s alter-ego, Sylvia, who writes: “I will try to be understanding of others….I will try to be more patient when dealing with the incompetent people around me….I will not slap anyone first thing in the morning.” At the office, I am known as the “Coffee Zombie.” Enough said?
According to 2012 research reported by the National Sleep Foundation, I am one of about 20% of the American population who needs to sleep nine hours or more on the weekends. 24% of us Baby Boomers average under seven hours of sleep on weekdays, spending much of our lives longing for the weekend so we can sleep in.
Generations X, Y, and Z (there’s a “Z” already?) have a tendency to sleep less because they are often texting on their phones before they go to sleep. They may sleep in on the weekends, but that’s because they’re up late having fun, which is insult to injury for Boomers.
Which group are you in? Do you love your mattress?
Thanks to Sandow Media LLC, for poll statistics