Survey: Sleep Habits of Men vs. Women

Men vs. Women: Who’s Better in Bed?

In the epic battle of the sexes, who comes out on top when it comes to sleep? The Better Sleep Council (BSC) conducted a study with the goal of figuring out who’s better in bed. Generally, both sexes have an overall understanding that sleep is important to health and wellness, but this study discovered that men reign supreme in bed, when compared with women. However, both have room to improve.

Men Earn Bragging Rights When It Comes to Bedtime Performance

When focusing on specific habits that contribute to a good night’s sleep, men stood out in the bedroom.

  • Men are more likely than women to say they have a strict bedtime that they follow daily – even on weekends.
    • More than 17.2 million men say this
    • Men (14%) are more likely to say this than women (8%)
  • Men are more likely than women to feel refreshed almost all the time after waking up, with 16%, or almost 20 million, saying this.
  • Men claim to be better in bed than women.
    • 10% of men rate the quality of their sleep as excellent in comparison with 6% of women who believe they get excellent-quality sleep; and over half (55%) of all men rate the quality of their sleep as good or excellent, which is significantly higher than women – less than half (46%) of women said this
  • Almost a quarter (22%) of men are more likely than women to say that they never have a caffeinated beverage past noon, and close to one in five (17%) say they rarely – if ever – drink caffeinated beverages.


Women Need a Little More Practice in Bed

Women tend to place a higher priority on sleep than men, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need a little help in the bedroom.

  • Women are more likely to be stressed about sleep, including getting enough sleep on a regular basis.
    • Almost a quarter of women (23%) feel as if their stress levels are higher than most of those people they know, compared with men (16%)
  • Women find that the more in bed, the merrier, whereas more men report sleeping alone.
    • Women are more likely to sleep with their pets than men – about one in five (20%) women reported this, compared with only 13% of men
    • Women are more likely than men to say that they sleep with their partner, kids, pets, etc. – about 15% of women reported this, compared with only 13% of men
  • Women are less likely to drink before bed than men.
    • 60% of women say they rarely/never drink alcohol before going to sleep, compared with nearly half of men who say the same (47%)
  • More women than men report having problems in bed.
    • 40%, or close to 52 million women, are more likely to occasionally have trouble going to sleep and/or staying asleep, more often than they would like
  • Women want to stay in bed longer than men do.
    • Women are more likely than men to hit their snooze buttons on their alarms several times before getting out of bed – 12% of women reported this compared with only 6% of men OR close to two-thirds (30% or about 39 million) of women hit their snooze buttons on their alarms at least once


Both Men and Women Are Satisfied by Getting Quality Sleep

This is where men and women see eye to eye when it comes to sleep.

  • Almost half of respondents claim they can sleep for seven to eight hours.
    • Over half (51%) of all Americans can sleep at least seven hours a night
  • Over half of American adults (60%) have a mattress that’s less than 7 years old.
  • 77 million American adults (24%) claim they have no electronics in their bedrooms, not even a television.


Survey Details: Better Sleep Council, April 2018

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, January 2018

  • Adult male population estimate: 123,102,408
  • Adult female population estimate: 129,313,119