The Sleep Council Numbers-300x297 Your Sleep In Numbers  Sleep affects us all and lack of it is one of the most common health issues of our times.

The bed itself is of critical importance to quality sleep. The foundation of good sleep is a comfortable bed and the right mattress can make the difference between a restorative night’s sleep and poor quality sleep that results in tiredness and fatigue.

So here’s what you need to know in ‘numbers’ when it comes to sleep and beds!

2 – the amount of minutes shoppers spend trying out beds. It’s not long enough! There is no substitute for lying on mattresses as part of the selection process. You wouldn’t buy a new car without taking it for a test drive first!

3 – more than half a million Britons only wash their sheets THREE times a year. Just imagine what kind of ‘wildlife’ from dust mites to bacteria might be settling in for a night cap alongside them. Grim!

7 – the number of years we recommend you keep your mattress before thinking of replacing it. After seven years a bed used regularly will have deteriorated significantly (50-70%) from its ‘as new’ condition and will be hindering rather than helping you achieve the perfect sleep environment.

10 – the percentage of British adults who still go to bed with a teddy bear. Aw.

20 – the recommended time in minutes for a daytime nap that equates to as much energy as two cups of strong coffee, but with longer lasting effects.  30 minutes, however, is long enough to put you in a deep sleep and leave you feeling groggy when you wake.

22 – the amount of hours a Koala bear sleeps for. Bliss!

33 – the percentage of Britons  that now sleep for just five to six hours a night, which is significantly less than the standard seven to eight hours that conventional wisdom tells us that most of us need.

42 – the extra amount of sleep in minutes we get, according to research, when replacing an old, uncomfortable bed with a new bed.  So, what are you waiting for?

47 – the percentage of Britons who say that stress or worry keeps them awake at night. Try to learn how to relax before bed. Instead of lying there worrying, make a list of concerns or troubling thoughts and tackle them the following more day. For advice on dealing with stress and worry click here.

50 – the percentage of sleep disturbance that is caused by sharing a bed. Did you know that the average sized double bed only gives each person as much room as a baby in a cot? Shocking!

60 – the number of calories burned, per hour, during sleep. Snooze yourself slim!

93 – The loudest snore recorded was 93 decibels – almost two thirds of the noise of a Boeing 747 taking off! Snoring is a common complaint for those sharing a bed. What can start off as a niggle can become a major issue for couples, so if it’s an ongoing problem seek help.

940 – the amount in millilitres of moisture that is collected in a double shared mattress in just one night. Yuck!

583.05 – the average amount in pounds that people spend on a new bed. So over seven years, we’re investing less than 24p a night in our sleep. Not a lot when you put it like that is it?

10,000 – the average number of house dust mites that are living in your bed.  Regular mattress replacement is vital in reducing the prevalence of house dust mites which are linked to numerous allergic health problems.

1,600,000,000 – the amount in pounds that it costs the UK economy in lost productivity as a result of workers being sleep deprived.

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