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Survey reveals Britain’s sleeping habits

One of the UK’s top specialist bed retailers, Dreams has surveyed more than 15,000 adults across the country in a bid to determine how the nation sleeps. From how happy we are with the quality of our sleep to our top in-bed annoyances, below is everything you need to know about the results of the latest UK Sleep Survey (www.dreams.co.uk/sleep-matters-club/sleep-survey-uk-2016/#survey-1)


In-bed activities

Although sleep experts advise that we shouldn’t spend too much time in the bedroom doing anything other than sleeping, it would appear as though we’re not taking this on board.

The survey found that UK residents spend on average, just over five hours per week either watching TV or working from the comfort of our beds. We also spend nearly an hour reading books, 43 minutes browsing the Internet, 39 minutes checking social media and 36 minutes talking to our partner in bed every week.

It was also found that Londoners have more in-bed arguments compared to the rest of the country. With an average of 2.3 arguments with their partner and two with their children every week, Londoners have an incredible seven times more arguments in bed than the rest of the country.

Sleep quality

A massive 63.1% of us are unhappy with the amount of sleep we get and just 8% always wake up feeling refreshed. 64% of us say we sometimes wake up feeling great and 27.8% of us never feel good when we wake up in the morning. With so many of us struggling to get a good night’s sleep, it’s unsurprising that 74% of us actively worry about this.


In-bed annoyances

Women have been found to be 43.6% more likely to get annoyed with their partner during the night and 27.3% admit that they’ve been in a bad mood, had an argument with or even broken up with their partner as a result of something they did in a dream.

The things women are most likely to get annoyed about in bed include their partner snoring (70.2%), a duvet hog (42.4%), their partner taking up too much space (40.6%), their partner giving off too much heat (33.8%) and when their partner breathes on them (33.1).

Men were found to get most annoyed about pretty much the same things but to a lesser extent. 47.3% get annoyed about a snoring partner, followed by a duvet hog (34.7%), their partner taking up too much space (27%), when their partner fidgets too much (22.7%) and when their partner gives off too much heat (22.4%).

How to get a good night’s sleep

If you’re one of the many Brits who wishes you could get a better night’s sleep, below are some top tips on how you can do exactly this.

  • Get in sync with your natural sleep cycle – you can do this by going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, try not to sleep-in even if you’ve had a late night and limit naps to no more than 20 minutes (https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/reset-sleep-cycle#1)
  • Make sure you’re getting enough natural sunlight.
  • Try not to look at mobile phones, tablets, computers or television screens too close to bedtime because the lights on these devices supress melatonin production.
  • Make sure your room is dark enough because this will ensure that you continue to produce melatonin during the night which is what helps you to stay asleep. Black-out curtains or window shutters can help to ensure that your bedroom is dark enough.
  • Try to exercise – research shows that people who exercise regularly sleep better at night. Remember not to do anything strenuous too close to bedtime however as this can actually make it more difficult to nod off.

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