Most of America is Sleep Deprived – We've Teamed Up With Leesa to Do Something About It

Nearly two-thirds of America doesn't get enough sleep. Learn why it’s more important than ever to prioritize sleep in a society that doesn’t and what you can do to improve your own sleep health.

By Alesandra Woolley
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We live in a society that doesn’t prioritize sleep. If we did, there wouldn’t be 70 million Americans who regularly suffer from sleep disorders. It’s not that we don’t want to prioritize sleep, but in a world where it’s increasingly difficult to juggle the many responsibilities at home and at work, sleep can feel more like a luxury than a necessity.

Waking up groggy and drained from lack of sleep is a feeling you probably know all too well, and may even go to great lengths to avoid.

In a recent Mattress Advisor study, we found that 53% of Americans would give up alcohol forever in exchange for better sleep. Forty-four percent would stop eating pizza for the rest of their days if it meant better Zzzs.

What Would Americans Give Up
For a Lifetime of Better Sleep?

Mattress Advisor survey of over 1,000 sleep-deprived Americans

Learn more about Leesa, a company that's prioritizing better sleep

“We are a sleep-deprived nation, yet sleep is essential recovery time for the body and the brain.”

– Dr. Scott Bautch, President of the American Chiropractic Association Council on Occupational Health

Just as we prioritize exercise and a balanced diet (or at least try to), it’s crucial to give your body the sleep it needs to function at its best. If you don’t, you’ll pay the price in more ways than one. Here’s a look at some of the effects sleep deprivation has on your mind and body:

  • Weakened immune system. Not getting enough sleep can compromise your immune system, putting you at risk for more infectious diseases like colds and flu. If you’re consistently missing out on proper sleep, you’re at greater risk for serious health problems like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
  • Increased risk of depression. Studies show that people suffering from chronic insomnia are five times more likely to develop depression and 20 times more likely to develop panic disorder.
  • Damage to physical appearance. Believe it or not, research has shown that sleep-deprived people are less attractive and appear less healthy than well-rested people.
  • A decrease in productivity. Lack of sleep is costing the U.S. economy about $411 billion through lower productivity levels, more sick time, and higher mortality risk among workers.

What’s worse is that The National Institute of Health predicts that America’s sleep debt is on the rise. They believe that by the middle of the 21st century, more than 100 million Americans will have difficulty falling asleep.

What can you do to get better sleep?

There’s a laundry list of hacks and tips for getting better sleep – from keeping your bedroom at the ideal temperature to disconnecting from technology at least an hour before bedtime. But what many people don’t realize is the significant role a good mattress plays in getting quality, restorative sleep.

“Our bodies do the vast majority of healing during sleep,” says Dr. Travis Russel, Chiropractic Director at Chiro One. “If we are battling additional physical stresses from an unsupportive or improper mattress, then our bodies’ recuperative abilities are diminished.”

It might seem impossible to choose the right mattress when there are so many different options available, but companies like Leesa are making that decision easier.

How Leesa can help restore your sleep debt

Leesa’s mission is to provide “deeper rest for every body.” In fact, they’re so relentless in this pursuit that their recently improved Leesa mattress took over 200 prototypes to get just right. Their uncompromising approach to providing great sleep has resulted in tens of thousands of well-rested customers who are getting their best sleep ever on a Leesa mattress.

“I use a Fitbit tracker most of the time and that device monitors both resting heart rate and sleep patterns. Since using the Leesa mattress, my resting HR now averages ~ 55 BPM vs 62 BPM before. My HR monitor also records sleep disturbances and times awake during the night. Sleep disturbances and ‘awakes’ have also been significantly reduced, all thanks to Leesa.”

– Robert B.


The Leesa mattress is one of the highest-rated mattresses on Mattress Advisor – and we don’t take testing lightly here. Every mattress we review goes through the same rigorous 14-point testing procedure in our Mattress Lab.

Leesa scored exceptionally well in a number of different tests, but here are some of the highlights.

Spine Alignment

Leesa has a nearly perfect score for spine alignment. Spine alignment is critical for making sure your mattress won’t cause back pain and is supporting your natural posture while you’re sleeping. This is an important quality for all sleepers, but especially important if you already suffer from back pain or lead an active lifestyle and need to make sure your body is properly resting and recovering while you’re sleeping.

Close up of man’s spine while on the Leesa
Pressure Relief

One of the most notable updates in the new Leesa mattress was an improvement in its pressure relieving foam. In our pressure relief test, sleep subjects experienced minimal pressure and sufficient support, particularly in high-pressure areas like the hips, shoulders, and thighs.


Our responsiveness test indicates how well the mattress adjusts to your movements or changes in sleeping position throughout the night. It’s a feature that’s particularly important for combination sleepers or people who tend to move around throughout the night. Once again, Leesa received a score that was just a hair shy of a perfect 10/10.

Commitment to a Greater Good

When you buy a Leesa mattress, you can rest easy in more ways than one. Purchasing a Leesa mattress means you are supporting their giving program, which donates mattresses to partners in foster care prevention, often keeping loving families together. Leesa has donated more than 32,000 mattresses to over 1,000 nonprofits since 2014.

There are few better investments you can make in your health than an investment in better sleep. Sleep has such a critical and direct impact on so many aspects of your life – from improved focus and mood to decreased risk of chronic or severe diseases.

There’s no better time to invest in yourself and prioritize your sleep.