A worrying 30% of people sleep poorly most nights, according to research commissioned by The Sleep Council for its Great British Bedtime Report*.
The study found that 24% of those surveyed suffered from ‘poor’ sleep most nights, with an additional 6% saying they slept ‘very poorly’ most nights. Interestingly, the study also found that 17% had owned their mattress for more than seven years – and an additional 12 % for more than eight years.
Said Lisa Artis, sleep advisor at The Sleep Council: “It’s interesting that the number of people who say they sleep poorly is similar to those that have older mattresses. Previous studies have found an uncomfortable or unsupportive bed is one of the key factors of a poor night’s sleep.
“It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on a bed that may have lost its shape and support, so our advice is to replace your mattress every seven years. You can do everything else right – have a dark, quiet room at the right temperature, exercise and eat well, have a relaxing bedtime routine – but if your bed isn’t fit for purpose, it will affect your sleep.
“A good night’s sleep plays an important role in our health, general wellbeing and even our productivity at work, so it’s very worrying that so many people are struggling.”
Key facts on poor sleep from the Bedtime Report
• More than half of those surveyed sleep between five and seven hours most nights, with 29% sleeping between five and six hours and 32% between six and seven. 20% sleep between seven and eight hours, while 12% get less than five hours. Just 1% get more than nine hours!
• 45% of poor sleepers put ‘stress/worry’ as the mean reason for poor sleep, 25% blamed their partners snoring, grinding their teeth or stealing the bedcovers, with 13% stating their bed was the biggest problem.
• However, 21% listed a new bed as the one thing that would improve their sleep.
• A total of 26% said their bed was uncomfortable – with 9% saying it was ‘very uncomfortable’.
• As well as the 29% that have owned their mattress for more than seven years, 13% of respondents have owned their mattress for less than a year; 18% between one and two years; 21% between three to four years, and 17% between five to six years.
*The Sleep Council Great British Bedtime Report was conducted by Atomik Research, who questioned a sample of 5,002 people via an online survey, weighted to reflect a reliable sample of age, gender, marital status, geographical area, income etc. The survey was conducted between 27 December 2016 and 4 January 2017.