David Perry -- Furniture Today, February 15, 2013
The epidemic of sleeplessness that haunts Americans is vividly sketched in these survey findings. Consumers are nodding off or falling sound asleep in all sorts of places: In the movie theater, at work, watching their kids, at parties, in church, in their cars and in school. Some of those naps may simply prove embarrassing. But falling asleep while driving, which 7% of consumers admit doing in the past six months, can easily prove fatal.
Given this broad range of sleeplessness, consumers are obviously extremely interested in getting a better night of sleep. Collectively, the mattress industry must embrace findings like these and do everything in its power to sell better sleep. This should be a simple exercise; many consumers know they are sleeping on the job, at church and in many other places that they shouldn't.
Applying the findings
This should be yet another wake-up call for the mattress industry. Almost half of the consumers surveyed admit to nodding off or sleeping in places where they should be doing something else. Looking for a big marketing opportunity? Here it is.
Retailers must make better sleep messages part of their regular advertising programs. And savvy retail sales associates should have this survey data ready to explain in simple terms the toll that sleeplessness takes on many consumers.
|Which of the following have you nodded off during or slept through in the past six months?|
Multiple responses allowed
Key demographic differences
|+ Men are more likely than women to have nodded off during or slept through work/work meeting in the past six months.|
|+ 18- to 34-year-olds are more likely than older consumers to have nodded off during or slept through a social gathering in the past six months.|
|+ 18- to 34-year-olds are more likely than consumers 55 or older to have nodded off or slept through driving in the past six months.|
Source: Better Sleep Council 2012 Consumer Survey
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