• Get Help Now!
    (No PCP Referral Needed)
Call Us: 480-830-3900

What is Your Sleep Pattern?

The National Sleep Foundation is one of the most respected authorities on sleep, especially here in the U.S.  For ten years they have been running the annual Sleep in America poll in an effort to help experts in the field and everyday people understand the vital role sleep plays in living a happy and healthy life.  One objective of each annual poll is to collect data about the sleep patterns and habits of everyday people.  Although each year’s poll is centered on a single theme like Technology and Sleep or Women and Sleep, baseline data from a control group is at the core of each poll.  This has provided the NSF with 10 years of solid data on who sleeps when, why we don’t sleep, how much sleep we get, and what kind of sleepers we are.

After analyzing this data, the NSF has identified five different types of sleepers or “sleep personality types” that are common across ages, incomes, genders, etc.  Which are you and are you ok with the one that most resembles your life?

Here are the five sleep personalities the NSF identified.


Healthy, Lively Larks

These are the people that most people wish they were when it comes to sleep.  They:

  • Get a good night sleep almost every night
  • Never have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Don’t suffer from any sleep debt, don’t experience excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Consider  themselves to be morning people and are generally in good health

The majority of Larks are married and employed full time.   The people who fit into this group are generally younger as a group than the other personality types.


Sleep Savvy Seniors

This group is made up of the seniors who have figured out how to maintain a healthy relationship with sleep as they moved through adulthood.  They:

  • Have an average age of 60
  • Get more sleep on any given night than the other groups, averaging 7.3 hours/night
  • Have the lowest risk of any group for developing a sleep disorder
  • Rarely feel overtired or fatigued

The majority of people in this group are retired women who are no longer working and who take advantage of their flexible schedule to nap during the day.

About half of Americans fall into those first two categories.  This is very telling since the other half of Americans fall into the remaining three categories, which are less positive overall and definitely impacting the health of that half of the population.


Dragging Duos

This group is primarily made up of people who are getting up early, working hard, and never really getting enough sleep.  They:

  • Are more likely to have a partner than the other groups
  • Are more likely to be employed and working in excess of 40 hours a week
  • Are early risers which makes it twice as likely that they will not get as much sleep as they need
  • Are experiencing problems in their relationship because of sleep

Almost a third of those in this group are experiencing daytime sleepiness and excessive fatigue as many as three times a week.


Overworked, Overweight, and Over-caffeinated

This group of people routinely identifies themselves as “night owls” and are the least likely to work what most people would consider a normal schedule.  They:

  • Work more than any other group and drink more caffeine than any other group
  • Don’t get as much sleep as the other groups but tend to take more naps
  • Believe they don’t need as much sleep as other people to function optimally and think they are getting at least as much sleep as they need, if not more
  • Are very likely experiencing symptoms of insomnia

The majority of the people in this group are male and about half of those in this group qualify as obese.


Sleepless and Missin the Kissin

This group has the highest percentage of people who describe themselves as night owls and know they have some issues with sleep.  They:

  • Are likely to believe that they have some kind of sleep problem or disorder
  • Don’t feel like they get a good night sleep very often and report feeling tired and fatigued
  • Have likely been diagnosed with a medical condition
  • Feel that sleep and sleepiness has impacted their relationship

There are more women than men in this group and these people are more likely to use sleep aids than any other group.

If you see more of yourself in one of the less desirable groups than you would like to, take heart.  It is possible to change your sleep personality by making changes to your lifestyle and committing to making sleep the priority it needs to be in order to safeguard your health.


Related Articles:


Client Reviews

"I was especially impressed with Andrew the Respiratory Therapist who reviewed my study with me and answered my questions. Andrew thoroughly explained everything about the Cpap machine-from start to finish. I never felt rushed and was assured I could contact him with any additional questions or needs. Andrew told me he would follow up with a call in a week and he did. I believe this center performed the study appropriately and the added benefit of having Andrew teach me about the machine and what to expect was a bonus."

Candace M.

Scottsdale, AZ

"I recommend them highly!! I took my 2 year old daughter for a sleep study and was very impressed. Our sleep technician was amazing with her, very patient and kind. The DVD we brought to watch while getting her hooked up got stuck in the TV and they vowed to return it. We got a call the next day checking on our daughter and saying how sweet she was, they mentioned the DVD. Several days later, we received the DVD plus a new copy of the Lion King with a nice note. They are very good at what they do and if they can make a 2 year old feel at ease, they can probably do the same with anyone!!"

Anthea S.

Tempe, AZ

"Great staff, they make you feel so at home. Every medical facility should be this nice. Felt like a nice hotel. Someone has great taste in decorating. Thanks for making us feel at home."

Steve N.

San Diego, CA