Brits looking to get the best quality of sleep have been
advised that sleeping in a small or cramped bed could have a
significant detrimental impact on their levels of rest each
Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council argued that ideally,
individuals should be sleeping in beds
that are at least 15 cm longer than their height and which offer
enough room for people to lie down comfortably with their hands
behind their head and their elbows not touching their
Indeed, ergonomic studies have revealed that for couples in
particular, sleeping in a larger bed offers the chance to get a
better night's rest, as in bigger beds there is less chance of
either partner disturbing the other.
Furthermore, the UK tends to be a place where larger beds are less
common, as in many European countries a standard double bed
measures 160 by 220 cm - larger than a standard UK king size.
Ms Alexander made her comments in reference to the news that
athletes staying in the Olympic Village as part of the London 2012
Olympic Games are sleeping in beds measuring just 170 cm in length
- 17.5 cm shorter than a standard single bed.
However, taller athletes are being provided with extensions to
their beds to ensure they can achieve a sound night's sleep.
"Whether you're an Olympic athlete or an Olympic would-be, the
size of bed you sleep in can have a significant effect on the
quality of your sleep and in turn, the level of personal
performance - either in the sporting arena or just in everyday
life," she added.
Ms Alexander also recently advised on the restorative effects of
getting a good night's sleep, with a creating a regular routine one
of the best ways to achieve this.
"A comfortable uninterrupted seven or eight hours sleep each night
can relieve stress ... and cure a wide range of aches and pains,"
Posted by Michael Ewing