One of the themes from the positive psychology movement is the importance of sleep. Research has shown that happiness is very reliant on people getting enough sleep. Check out Ariana Huffington’s excellent Ted Talk where she identifies sleep as a critical ingredient to success.
We decided to test that theory in our most recent study of 10,000 U.S. consumers. We examined the degree to which consumers agree with a series of statements about their well-being, and then compared responses from people based on the typical amount of sleep they get. As you can see below, people who get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night are the most well off.
People who get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night are the most likely to feel as if they are:
- Loved and appreciated
- Financially secure
- Physically fit
The bottom line: There’s almost nothing more precious than 7 to 8 hours of sleep.