A study of 2,000 UK adults has found that Brits are having worse nights sleep than they ever have before.
Strange dreams and late night snacking are among the reasons that deep sleep (opens in new tab) quality has dropped, as well as worrying, working later into the evening and the change in people's routines.
A fifth are reading the news before bed, meaning they are unable to sleep as soundly as usual, and half are struggling to adapt to their new schedule.
The research was commissioned by mattress manufacturer, eve sleep, which has partnered with slumber expert Dave Gibson to create a ‘Routine Calculator (opens in new tab)’, which provides expert-approved routines aiding better sleep, based on your wake-up time and age group.
Cheryl Calverley, CMO at eve sleep, said, “Routine is hugely influential on how we sleep – not just for how long but the quality of sleep itself.
“Simply going to bed and waking up the same time every day can have a huge impact on how we feel the following morning, leaving us better able to deal with the anxiety and uncertainty we’re all facing.
“At eve we are on a mission to help the nation get the sleep they need to rise and shine, and this is vital more now than ever as we struggle to deal with the upheaval in our lives."
The study also found 27 per cent are looking at screens closer to bedtime more now, which is causing them to have a worse night’s sleep.
And nearly one in 10 are exercising later than before social distancing measures were introduced, while as many as 48 per cent are kept up worrying about coronavirus.
As a result, 47 per cent have noticed their dream habits changing, with 14 per cent tossing and turning more in their sleep from their nocturnal adventures.
More than one in 10 are even seeing their daytime worries continue into their dreams.
It also emerged that while 18 per cent feel refreshed when they wake up at the moment, 27 per cent of Brits feel lethargic and 23 per cent feel sleepy.
The research, conducted via OnePoll, also revealed how this change in people’s sleeping patterns is impacting their daily lives for better and for worse.
But there are certainly benefits to staying at home, as a fifth said it allows them to take more time for themselves and ‘slow down’, and 22 per cent said they’re able to spend more time with family.
It also emerged 15 per cent of parents said their children are going to bed later and 40 per cent said their kids are waking up later as well.
Consequently, 32 per cent are worried about getting themselves and their family back into their old sleeping routines when life goes back to normal.
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Dave Gibson, founder of thesleepsite.co.uk and sleep expert for eve sleep, said: “Repetition, regularity, rituals and habits are all mechanisms which help to generate mental security and allow us to feel psychologically ‘safe’.
“As stress levels remain high and we’re being pushed out of our ‘normal’ daily life, instilling a home routine is more important than ever for our sleep.”
Wondering why you're struggling to sleep? Here the reasons why you might be having a problem...
Top 10 reasons Brits are having a worse night’s sleep:
- The general change of routine
- General worries about coronavirus
- Worries about family members getting sick
- Worries about my health/ my family's health in general
- Worries about catching coronavirus myself
- Worries about finances
- Worries about going outside to do things like food shopping
- Looking at screens closer to bedtime such as watching TV or checking social media
- Worries about work
- Reading the news before bed
Aleesha Badkar is a lifestyle writer who specialises in health, beauty - and the royals. After completing her MA in Magazine Journalism at the City, the University of London in 2017, she interned at Women’s Health, Stylist, and Harper’s Bazaar, creating features and news pieces on health, beauty, and fitness, wellbeing, and food. She loves to practice what she preaches in her everyday life with copious amounts of herbal tea, Pilates, and hyaluronic acid.
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