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
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
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
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
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
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
"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."