The secret to a great night's sleep

Are you hitting the booze for a better snooze?

Just ahead of National Bed Month in March, the Sleep Council has launched the results of its biggest ever audit of Britain's bedtime habits today. With the romance of Valentine's Day seemingly a distant memory, it appears that more and more Brits are turning to their beloved glass of alcohol over their partner. First conducted in 2013 by The Sleep Council, the results of its latest Great British Bedtime report says alcohol in particular is increasingly being used as a 'sleep remedy'.

Increasing from 16% in 2013 to 25% of those questioned for the latest report, it appears that a quarter of people are turning to alcohol to help them nod off. And the number of Brits who don't share a bed with their partner has increased from 8% to 12%.

As well as alcohol, more and more people are turning to medication, meditation, and music in their quest to get a good night's sleep.

Providing a ground-breaking insight into the nation's ever-changing sleep habits, "It is the first time we have ever undertaken such wide ranging benchmark consumer research," said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council, "and being able to compare this year's data against that produced in 2013 really helps to set the nation's changing sleep habits into context".

Despite results giving an insight into an increasing number of people looking to sleep aids for a restful night, the Great British Bedtime report also indicated that more people are aware of the positive effects of a good night's sleep.

We spend a third of our lives sleeping which is vital to our health and wellbeing - but almost half of Britons say stress is keeping them awake at night. Bedtime should be a place where you can switch off, forget about the busyness of the day and relax. We can all suffer from worry and anxieties from time to time, but if its creating unhealthy sleeping habits, people should take action and get the peaceful night's sleep they deserve.

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