the state of being bedless (without a bed)
Bedlessness is a basic, but often overlooked, problem in America. Countless social service agencies help low-income families obtain and retain housing, but few help these families turn their housing into functional homes. As a result, residents are forced to sleep on the floor, on sofas, or crowded into bed with several family members.
Why It's a Problem
Uncomfortable sleeping arrangements often lead to poor sleep, which goes hand-in-hand with poor health. Recent studies link poor sleep with cognitive, physical and even behavioral health issues. People who do not get enough quality sleep:
have impaired cognitive function, including poor concentration, alertness and memory formation;
have weaker immune systems;
have an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease;
and have less control over their emotions.
OHAAT, a nonprofit organization located near Philadelphia, conducted a research study in partnership with St. Joseph's University and found that children with proper bedding sleep an average of 20 minutes more each night than children who sleep on the floor, on sofas, or crowded into bed with several family members. That's more than 2 hours per week! As any parent or teacher knows, this additional sleep can go a long way in helping children thrive at home and at school.
Our mission is simple: To end bedlessness in America. We need your help to raise awareness and rally support.