Almost half of Britons say that stress or worry keeps them awake at night.
According to a major report published by The Sleep Council, the economic downturn has meant that many people are too anxious to sleep: almost half of those questioned said that stress or worry keeps them awake at night (47%) rising to 54% of women (compared to 40% of men) and 57% of singles.
The findings come from The Sleep Council’s biggest ever research project. Some 5000 people were surveyed to provide an overview of British sleeping habits. The results are published in an in-depth report, The Great British Bedtime Report.
It found that as many as 7.9 million have used alcohol to help them get to sleep at night while 6.8 million self-medicate with over-the-counter tonics. Divorced people are much more likely to seek help from their GP (16% compared to the average of 10%) with sleep problems.
Clear leaders in the ‘What Keeps You Awake At Night’ category, worry and stress were well ahead of other night time niggles – partner disturbance was the second greatest irritation affecting 25% of those polled. An uncomfortable bed came next, bothering 13% of people.
Said Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council: “A good night’s sleep can be affected by everything from stress at work or money worries to more practical considerations such as a bedroom that is too hot or cold, or an uncomfortable bed.
“We know from past research that, as a nation, stress levels rise during periods of economic uncertainty and this can have considerable impact on our sleeping habits – as it clearly is doing now.”
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