Can you believe that as many as one in ten Brits will end up getting less than five hours of sleep each night?
A study of 2,000 people was carried out by family bed-maker Harrison Spinks, and asked the UK public to rate their sleep. Despite many saying they get over seven hours of sleep a night, it's a far smaller number who will say they get a good night's slumber.
In fact, just under a quarter (23 per cent) have described their sleep as being only 3/10 - if not worse.
This is having a knock-on impact on how we are during the day too, as nearly a third (31 per cent) have said they never feel refreshed, while 16 per cent say they feel sluggish for the entire working week.
So, why are we sleeping badly? Well, it's a combination of factors that come into play, with our reliance on technology, along with eating and drinking late all contributing, along with a reliance on alcohol. Nearly a third (32 per cent) will be browse the internet, while one in five check either their phone or tablet, and 21 per cent smoke or drink shortly before going to bed.
Sleep expert and presenter of Channel 4's The Secret of Sleep, James Wilson, said: "The workplaces of Britain are seeing the impact of poor sleep, in terms of absence and productivity. I talk to hundreds of poor sleepers every month and they often report that they just don’t understand sleep, even at the most basic level."
"There is so much conflicting advice and lack of clarity on how to sleep well. Often people compare their sleep against an unrealistic expectation which increases anxiety around their sleep and leads them to worry more and sleep worse."
"I encourage people to understand what their sleep need is, in terms of quality and quantity, who they are as sleepers – larks, owls or typical – and what changes they need to make to their mindset, behaviours and sleep environment."
"To induce sleep we need to have a drop in heart rate – be relaxed – and a drop in core temperature – be cool – so we need to consider if what we do before bed and what we sleep on and under helps this process. Too many people try and actively force sleep, when what we need to do to sleep better is create the right conditions for sleep to come to us."
Of those surveyed, 50 per cent said they found it either difficult or very difficult to drop off, with the main factors that keep us tossing and turning including:
- Feeling stressed (42 per cent)
- Not being able to get comfortable (31 per cent)
- Feeling too hot (24 per cent)
- Financial worries (16 per cent)
- Work issues (13 per cent)
- Family issues (13 per cent)
Of those who were surveyed, a huge 93 per cent will wake up during the night, while nearly a third do so as much as three to four times a night. 87 per cent said they were getting a disrupted sleep, while 23 per cent said they felt disturbed every night.
Needing the toilet (58 per cent), feeling uncomfortable (25 per cent) and being too warm (24 per cent) were other top reasons.
And, in a development that surprises nobody, it was Monday (30 per cent) that was the day of the week that we felt most tired. Saturday (18 per cent) and Sunday (18 per cent) then came joint top for the days where we felt the most invigorated, while an unlucky 31 per cent said they never felt refreshed.