On March 2, 2015, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, published a study showing that Americans that reported more sleep per night had an overall wellbeing index higher than Americans that reported less sleep per night.

 

Americans that typically slept 8 hours per-night reported the highest positives for feelings of overall well being.

People that reported getting only 5 hours of sleep per night also reported a significant drop in their feeling of well being.

Feelings of well being were measured in five categories: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. A total of 7,058 adults were interviewed.

 

Read the complete survey: Getting More Sleep Linked to Higher Well-Being, by Justin McCarthy and Alyssa Brown

Sleep counts

I often talk with people that proudly tell me they can survive on 5-6 hours of sleep. Survive may be the correct term. If you are like them, you may be surviving, but are you you limiting your creativity and overall health? This survey and lots of clinical research shows the importance of sleep for physical and mental health. Oh, FYI, naps are good too!