A new survey reveals the secrets of ‘Sex and The Sicky’. And the fact people are so desperate for extra time in bed, they’d be prepared to pay for it.

 The Sleep Council survey for National Sleep-In Day (October 31, the day the clocks go back) found

  • Six out of 10  respondents plan to spend the extra hour on Sunday enjoying a lie-in
  • More than one in three people admitted to ‘throwing a sicky’ – often to spend extra time in bed
  • Given a lazy day in bed men would spend it having sex while women would prefer to just read
  • Nearly half those questioned would actually pay to spend a lazy day in bed

 

“It’s clear from this survey that a lot of people want to spend a lot more time in their beds,” said Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council.

In fact, some will go to almost any lengths to do so. 45% of working people polled said they’d be prepared to pay (anything up to and over £100) for a lazy day between the bedsheets.

And a whopping 36% admitted they’d ‘thrown a sicky’ – often to spend extra time in bed. Those in the 16 – 24 age group were the number one offenders with nearly six out of 10 admitting they’d taken time off sick when they were really well enough to go in to work. People aged 55 and over are the least likely to do that with nearly four out of five saying they had not blagged any time off ill.

Regionally, Londoners were the most likely to phone in and fib, with half of those questioned admitting to taking anything up to 14 days off supposedly sick.

Of all those polled, nearly a quarter (24%) said they’d feigned feeling unwell to have a lie-in – and didn’t feel guilty. And men (34%) were much more likely than women (19%) to say this.

No surprise then, that when asked what they would like to do with the extra hour this year, six out of 10 respondents said they’d use it to have a lie in. That’s even more than when The Sleep Council first asked the same question 15 years ago in 1995 – and the reason the annual autumn return to Greenwich Mean Time has been celebrated as National Sleep-In Day ever since. Back then 51% of people said they’d spend the extra hour in bed. Women are even keener than men to spend their bonus hour in bed this Sunday (64% v 53%).

Asked how they’d choose to spend a lazy day in bed, 44% of men put sex first while women put reading, sleeping, watching TV or a movie and eating treats well ahead of a romp under the bedclothes. Less than a quarter (24%) said sex would be top of their list of things to do – indeed it only just beat surfing the net as a preferred activity (23%).

“A luxurious day in bed with no work, no pressure and no hassles is seen as a real indulgence,” said Jessica. “Many of us are so time poor that a day spent reading, watching telly, listening to the radio or catching up with friends on the phone is considered a great treat.  While men chose sex as the way to spend the day, women were significantly more interested in the things they feel they rarely get to do.

”When the going gets tough, either through genuine ill health or because everything gets too much, the bed is the place people want to be. It’s also the one place people feel they can really rest and relax.”

Despite the desire to spend more time there, people still scrimp on the cost of buying a new bed. Asked how much they had paid for their last mattress, nearly half of respondents (47%) admitted they had only spent between £151 and £300.

“Given how much time people spend in bed – a good third of their lives – it’s incredible that people don’t spend more to buy something really luxurious and ultra comfortable,” said Jessica. “They pay more for an i-Pad and while that’s undoubtedly an amazing piece of technology, it doesn’t have the restorative powers you can get from a really good night’s sleep on a great bed.

“If you spent £1,000 on a new mattress, that’s just 34 pence a night over eight years. A small price to pay for a really comfortable night’s sleep.”

* The Sleep Council ‘Bed Time’ survey was conducted online by Opinion Matters between September 24 2010 and October 11 2010 among a sample of 1040 working respondents.

REGIONAL RESULTS

National

45% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

36% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

25% of people only sleep in once a month.

60% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

East

50% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

32% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

29% of people only sleep in once a month.

57% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

London

43% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

50% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

23% of people only sleep in once a month.

66% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

Midlands

45% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

37% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

26% of people only sleep in once a month.

55% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend. 

North East

45% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

33% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

22% of people only sleep in once a month.

65% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

North West

40% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

28% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

21% of people only sleep in once a month.

62% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

Northern Ireland

20% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

40% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

40% of people only sleep in once a month.

20% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

Scotland

38% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

32% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

30% of people only sleep in once a month.

52% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

South East

38% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

34% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

27% of people only sleep in once a month.

62% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend 

South West

48% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

32% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

25% of people only sleep in once a month.

56% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

Wales

43% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

40% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

14% of people only sleep in once a month.

69% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

Yorkshire

47% of people would pay to have a day off work to spend a lazy day in bed.

36% of people have taken sick days when they could have gone in to work.

27% of people only sleep in once a month.

65% of people will have a lie in when the clocks go back this weekend.

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