THE COVERS have been pulled back on the UK’s bedtime habits that lead to a great night’s sleep in the UK.
In a sleep survey of 2,048 UK adults, one in five people cited what they choose to eat or drink before bed as their top ingredient for a great night’s sleep, with men three times more likely to choose an alcoholic drink than women who prefer a milky bedtime beverage.
There is also a regional difference when it comes to booze before bed with 27% in Scotland and the North and 27% in the Midlands and Wales opting for a tipple before lights out compared to a comparatively sober 16% in London and the South.
Alcoholic drinks were more than twice as popular as any other consumable food and drink option; however topping the herbal beverage chart was Chamomile tea before bedtime.
But Brits don’t just rely on food or drink for a sound night’s slumber. We also found that almost 10% of the UK attributes exercise during the day or before bedtime as the recipe to sleep success, with a third of these including sexual activity as their soporific secret!
The traditional bedtime story came in the top three tips for getting a great night’s sleep. Reading to induce sleep is most popular with the over 55’s but also women are twice as likely than men to read to help them drift off to sleep.
Other well-liked ingredients for a great night’s sleep that made up the top five include clearing your mind, relaxing and meditation techniques (6%) and what time you go to bed as the factor that is most important to achieving quality Zzzz’s (5%) – although opinions are split between whether this should be early or late!
The jury is out on electronics and whether they help us to fall asleep and maintain a quality night’s kip. There was an equal divide between watching TV/tablet devices before bed and logging off all devices.
Weird & Wonderful Sleep Ingredients
The survey reveals some obscure suggestions such as wearing sunglasses before bed to mimic dusk, covering all clocks to prevent time pressure; ensuring a view of the night sky, chanting the Hawaiian forgiveness prayer and keeping your pillowcase in the freezer!
Granny Knows Best
Sleep advice is also something that is handed down the generations, with some of the best advice coming from Grannies and Grandpas. The more obscure tips include sucking a sage leaf and counting games in the top ten. Others are avoid eating cheese before bed, count your blessings before you go to sleep, go to bed and get up at the same time every day even at weekends, don’t go to bed on an argument and get into bed the same side you get out of it.