The secret to a great night's sleep

Britons seek sanctuary in their bedrooms to escape the stresses of everyday life…

afternoon naps


This week we conducted a survey to look into what you think about our favourite room, the bedroom. We discovered that many retreating to the bedroom in order to escape the chaos of everyday life. 

 73 per cent of the 2,000 we asked regard their bedroom as a 'special place' compared to other rooms in their home, and the the bedroom as a somewhere to relax, unwind and enjoy time alone. 

 When asked which room participants enjoyed spending the most time in, the bedroom came top, followed by the lounge and kitchen. 59 per cent of participants said they spent extra time in their bedroom to relax and de-stress. 

 Our poll revealed that traditional bedtime activities are on the decline, such as reading a book or watching TV. A lucky 11 per cent of participants still enjoy breakfast in bed! 

 Other findings included; 27 per cent engaging in a conversation with their partner or spouse and one in five are preferring to shop online. 

 A big 'no no' from our sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan is having technology in the bedroom. Only 17 per cent of our sample said they banned devices such as laptops or tablets in the bedroom. 

 Our sample decided that hanging up pictures and photographs, using relaxing colours and adding soft furnishings are the top ways to make a bedroom more welcoming or relaxing. 

 However, the look of the bedroom is not top priority and homeowners admitted they would spend spare cash on improving their kitchen first rather than tackling the living room or bedrooms. 89 per cent did agree that if they made bedroom improvements it could add significant value to their home. 

 Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, Silentnight's sleep expert, said: "The survey shows the emotional connection that people have with their bedrooms.

 "The bedroom should be seen as special place, where we cannot only rest and sleep but also relax and unwind from all the stresses that modern life throws at us.

 "For many of us it's become a sanctuary where they can switch off and enjoy some 'me' time."

 "This connection may date back to childhood because many of us have fond memories of spending time in our bedrooms when we were young.

 "It also shows how we continue to 'play' in our bedrooms - albeit with grown-up 'toys' such as laptops, tablets and other gadgets."

 "But too much tech in the bedroom can be a bad thing if it becomes a distraction because getting enough sleep is important for our health and well-being."


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