Published for National Bed Month, results of The Sleep Council’s Great British Bedtime Report provide a ground-breaking insight into the nation’s 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”.
Britons are increasingly turning to the bottle at bedtime – and less and less towards their partner.
According to the results of its latest Great British Bedtime report (first conducted in 2013), leading advisory body, The Sleep Council, says alcohol in particular is increasingly being used as a ‘sleep remedy’.
- A quarter (25%) of those questioned for the 2017 report as opposed to 16% in 2013 said they used alcohol to help them nod off.
- 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, music and meditation in their quest to get a good night’s sleep.
Not surprising, perhaps, given almost three-quarters of Brits sleep less than seven hours a night with more than one in 10 (12%) sleeping for less than five hours.
Those turning to music to help them sleep grew from 17% in 2013 to 24% in 2017, and meditation has also grown in popularity – from 8% to 12%.