Sleep Clinic

Millions of us are being kept awake by the strange
nocturnal habits of our other halves a new study has

More than half (55%) of us have been
woken by our partner sleep talking, more than a quarter (26%) from
laughing and one in ten from sleep walking, according to the survey
of 2,044 people by leading bed manufacturer Silentnight to mark the
launch of its first online Sleep Clinic this Love Your Bed

One in 16 say their partner has
tried to kiss them whilst dreaming, while a similar number have
witnessed their other half raid the fridge and others have even
watched their partner go into a public environment

It's not just our other halves
keeping us awake at night. Money worries (26%), stress (25%), noisy
neighbours (25%) have all disturbed our shut eye. Almost one in ten
men  (8%) blame their sex life for keeping them up at

It's probably no surprise,
therefore, that many admit to falling asleep in some strange
places. A sixth have fallen asleep on public transport, one in ten
in the bath, and on the toilet, whilst one in 20 have even nodded
off in a pub, bar or club.

Working with resident sleep expert,
Dr Nerina, Silentnight is searching for ten people with everyday
sleep issues to take part in a four week Sleep Clinic.

Each participant will receive a
personalised sleep plan from Dr Nerina, a Silentnight bed 
tailored to their specific sleep issue, and be asked to feedback
their experiences via weekly video diaries hosted on the
Silentnight website. All of the information and sleep plans will
also be available for people to follow along at home.

Other findings include:

  • Over three quarters (79%) of us
    admit to experiencing personal sleep issues, including

    • Snoring (51%)

    • Excessive sweating

    • Sleep talking (30%)

  • Lack of sleep leads us to

    • Decreased concentration levels

    • Bad health (28%)

    • Increased arguments in the home

  • Almost one in four (18%) of people
    have changed their mattress to help them get a better night's

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, Silentnight's
sleep expert and a sleep therapist at Capio Nightingale Hospital,
said: "Whilst the study revealed some of our more quirky bedtime
habits, it's clear that as a nation there are many factors that are
keeping us awake at night which can have a serious impact on our
day-to-day lives. 

"This is why I have joined forces
with Silentnight to launch its first online Sleep Clinic. I will be
providing personalised sleep plans for ten recruits suffering from
everyday sleep issues. The Sleep Clinic is aimed at educating
people across the UK that a few simple techniques can help the
nation get a great night's sleep every night."

For more information and to take
part in the Silentnight Sleep Clinic please visit the Sleep Clinic page.