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The biggest causes of a restless night’s sleep…

From feeling stressed, fretting over finances, and never being at quite the right temperature.

A successful slumber is often ruined by traffic noise, light coming in from the window and habits such as consuming caffeinated drinks. A study of a selection of UK adults found 38 per cent suffer from poor sleep due to having an uncomfortable mattress, while 36 per cent struggle because of their partner’s snoring.

Mobile phones have a big impact, with scrolling through social media (14 per cent), playing games (12 per cent), and reading (13 per cent) on their devices pre-bedtime also leading to a bad night.

Dr David Lee, clinical director at Sleep Unlimited and author of ‘Teaching the World to Sleep’:

“We’ve seen big changes to people’s routines as a result of the pandemic, so it’s no surprise that many people are struggling to maintain or establish a good bedtime routine. Bad sleepers need to declutter the bedroom by establishing the bedroom as simply for sleep. Get dressed in a different room, read in a different room, use electrical devices in a different room. Then, over time, you’ll start to associate the bed in the bedroom with nothing but sleep.”

As a result, the average adult reckons they need an additional four hours of sleep every night to make up for a lack of peaceful rest, according to the research commissioned by furniture retailer DFS.

The study also found more than a quarter of adults (28 per cent) are also dissatisfied with the number of hours of sleep they’re getting. While 18 per cent admitted their sleeping routine has worsened since the pandemic. More than half of those (53 per cent) put this down to feeling more worried and anxious about everyday issues, and 20 per cent found it difficult to switch off from reading news notifications on their phone.

A spokesperson for DFS:

“There are ways to get a good night’s sleep, but it seems people are out of practice with a number of habits getting in the way throughout the day. It’s no surprise that having a poor-quality mattress or pillow is a contributing factor to an uncomfortable sleeping pattern as well as emotional and physical factors in and around the home. So, it’s important to ensure you have a really comfortable bed and tighten up your routine where necessary.”

However, one in five said their quality of sleep has improved since March 2020, with 28 per cent of those investing more time into their bedtime routine and relaxing in the evening. Working from home has also helped a 27 per cent to sleep better, as 30 per cent are able to sleep in longer. The research, conducted via OnePoll, revealed the typical bedtime routine consists of going to the toilet, brushing teeth, and checking if all the doors are locked and lights are off in the house.

Others also watch TV (35 per cent) and scroll through social media (18 per cent) before bed. The average adult’s bedtime prep takes 32 mins to complete, but they then spend an additional 22 minutes trying to fall asleep. It also emerged a third of adults claim to nod off more quickly when reading a physical book or magazine, with 18 per cent admitting they tend to fall asleep much slower when playing video games before bed.

Spokesperson for DFS:

“It’s clear that using our devices – whether it’s our mobile phones, game consoles or watching TV – can have an adverse effect on how quickly or slowly we can fall asleep. That’s why it is important to have a more set routine which does not involve using digital screens and focuses on establishing a comfortable sleeping environment, from the mattress you lie on to the darkness of your bedroom.”

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