We have been looking into the nation's sleeping
habits to assess the relationships we hold with our beds and
mattresses.


Shocking stats have revealed that nearly half of
us sleep on a mattress bought for someone else and 22 per cent of
people wouldn't think twice about sleeping on the same mattress for
up to 20 years.


This is despite unpleasant findings revealing
that the average person sheds up to a pound of skin and hair a
year, and not regularly replacing bedding can actually lead to bed
bug infestations and the spread of dangerous infections like
staphylococcus, norovirus and even MRSA - not to mention sagging,
old mattresses leading to neck and back issues.


We also found that 12 per cent of people believe
mattresses last forever and 37 per cent of Brits are sleeping on a
mattress that's more than 10 years old, despite industry guidelines
suggesting we should replace mattresses every seven
years.


And while Brits might not be inclined to
actually invest in a new mattress, ironically 39 per cent of people
do concede that a new mattress would give them a better night's
sleep. Figures that suggest the quarter of Brits who get
significantly less than the recommended eight hours could do with
upgrading their beds.


Calling for this chronic lack of sleep to be
addressed, Silentnight's sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan took the
nation's poor relationship with sleep into her own hands, hosting
the world's first bed speed dating event in a bid to help us to
fall back in love with sleep.


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Sleep deprived Brits flocked to the event to
share their sleep woes with the renowned expert, exposing a range
of issues from waking up at 4am, to struggling to drift off and
concerning night terrors.


Dr Nerina Ramlakhan said: "I see so many people
who have a strained relationship with their sleep and as a nation
it's something we need to address. I think we really need to assess
how high up on our priorities list sleep is. We spend a third of
our lives sleeping yet so many of us aren't getting enough, and
when we do sleep we're doing it on uncomfortable second hand
mattresses.


"A good environment is an essential part of
getting deep, restorative sleep and this means everything from the
right light and temperature in your bedroom to choosing the right
comfort of mattress. Everyone is different and has different sleep
needs."


The speed dating event saw the people of
Manchester, desperate for answers on their troubled sleep from Dr
Nerina, queuing up for one-on-one sleep consultations and to take
part in a series of bed speed dates.


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Following the success of the event,
Silentnight's bed speed dating will be taken on the road throughout
2018 with Dr Nerina Ramlakhan meeting worn out Brits from across
the country, addressing their sleep woes, and matching them with
their perfect mattress.


Commenting on just how important it is to invest
in a new mattress, our Bed Expert, Angela Moran said: "It's clear
that people find the mattress buying process confusing and often
get stuck in a rut sleeping on the same old mattress for many
years.


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"But it is so important to change your mattress
regularly, not least because of the unpleasant build up of skin and
hair cells.


"Mattress fillings will also settle over time
providing less push back, which can lead to feeling stiff and achy
in the morning. Likewise mattresses with open coil springs will
also start to sag causing even more aches and pains.


"We understand from our rigorous testing and
research that everyone is different and has different sleep needs.
It's so important to really invest time into choosing the right bed
for you. It's definitely not a one size fits all
approach."