The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has released a report today revealing that we lose one night's sleep every week.
The findings revealed that the average person is losing one hour's sleep every night, equating to an entire night's sleep a week.
The poll of 2,000 adults found that we now sleep for an average 6.8 hours a night, compared with the 7.7 hours that experts recommend.
Following this, the RSPH is calling for the government to create a national sleep strategy, including a 'slumber number' to advise people of how many hours a night they should be getting - an idea we greatly support.
RSPH Chief Executive, Shirley Cramer said, "Good sleep can cure many of the public's ills, and lack of it is linked to a string of unhealthy behaviours and some of our leading preventable diseases".
"Despite this, sleep is an often overlooked and undervalued component in the public's health. It is clear that the public regard sleep as just as important as maintaining a balanced diet or an active lifestyle for maintaining good health and wellbeing, and we need to do more to promote its importance".
Following our recent work with University of Leeds we know that the UK suffers from dangerously low levels of sleep, with many of us getting as little as five hours per night.
Our research found that 25% of 30 to 50 year olds are dissatisfied with their sleep. Dr Anna Weighall, University of Leeds, believes that the British population is in debt to their bedtime and in line with today's RSPH findings - discovered that we lose a minimum of one hour per night.