Brits endure 12,584 sleepless nights
The average Briton will have to deal with 12,584 sleepless nights in their lifetime, a new study has discovered.
Research conducted by hotel chain Premier Inn also discovered adults typically wake up twice up to four nights a week. This highlights how many UK adults are failing to enjoy a good sleeping pattern, which could lead to a range of long-term health issues.
People aim to have seven hours rest every night, but three-quarters of those polled said they never actually achieve this. Indeed, one-in-five respondents - 4,000 people were questioned - admitted they wake up as many as five times a night.
Some 17 per cent of respondents said they remain in a bad mood for the rest of the day if they are deprived of sleep.
The number one reason for interrupted snoozing is going to the toilet, followed by a partner snoring and then the sound of heavy rain. One-quarter of people said they feel unable to concentrate on their work because of a lack of sleep, while the same number admits to being cross and cranky without proper rest.
Claire Haigh of Premier Inn said: "Over 12,000 disturbed nights over a lifetime sounds a vast figure but it's an affliction many will be able to relate to. The results show that being tired after a bad night's sleep can really take its toll on our productivity at work, our mood and our behaviour towards others."
She added that day-to-day living can be badly affected by poor slumber and so it is important that bedrooms are as comfortable as possible. This could involve overhauling the visual look of the space.
Professor Kevin Morgan from the University of Loughborough observed sleeping problems are the most commonly reported psychological symptom in Britain. He added people's health, relationships and efficiency at work can all be affected by insufficient rest and so wellbeing could be dramatically improved in the UK with better sleep.
Posted by Michael Ewing