Some New Research About Sleep

Some New Research About Sleep

Ditch the Tech to Get Decent Sleep


I recently took part in a sleep survey for Zest Lifestyle who were kind enough to share their data with me. Sleep is massively important for anyone wanting to stay on top of their game which makes it’s relevant to all us, whatever our work or personal circumstances.

I’m lucky in that I’m usually a good sleeper and often clock over eight hours a night. Sleep is one of my great pleasures! I’ve always thought that my going to bed earlyish (I’m usually tucked in by ten to ten thirty) was the secret of my success, but looking at the results it may also be that I don’t use my phone after nine at night. I read books in bed rather than my Kindle, or listen to an audio book.

I was certainly shocked to hear about the amount of people checking their phones in the middle of the night, and the figure that only 1% wake up refreshed and energised was totally astounding!

The Results

Last November we sent out a survey to get an insight into people’s sleep habits and we had over 300 responses.

The results showed that many people have problems either going to sleep, waking during the night or don’t feel they get enough sleep and rarely wake up to a new day feeling refreshed and raring to go.

This is what we discovered:

  • Just over half of those surveyed (50.6%) say they have a problem with their sleep.
  • Over 60% said the main problem was they woke up during the night, but they also said that they had difficulty getting to sleep as well as waking too early

The top three things that wake us up in the night are:  

    1. Trip to the loo
    2. Busy brain
    3. Feeling too hot


Followed by:

    1. Their partner
    2. Noise
    3. The kids
    4. Pets


Other interesting info…

  • 1 in 4 get fewer than 5 hours sleep a night.
  • 50% of those get no more than 4 to 4.5 hours sleep per night!
  • 50% of those surveyed felt less than ready to face the day when they woke up.
  • Only 1% of those survey felt refreshed and energised when they woke up

Screen time in bed

  • 42% of survey participants say they look at their smart phones or tablets for pleasure
  • 5% were still working!
  • 31% read on a smart phone or tablet

When do people switch their lights off and go to sleep?

  • 40% 10.30pm or before
  • 28% 11.00pm
  • 14% 11.30pm
  • 18% After midnight

This data was put together by Zest Lifestyle. You can book a sleep audit with Rachel McGuiness, chief vitality officer at Zest Lifestyle, by booking into her online diary here


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