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Sid’s State of the Nation Sleep Survey hits the headlines

By Callie Paige


A new survey, based on hundreds of responses, has taken a peek behind the nation’s bedroom door to reveal what us Brits really get up to when the lights go out.

Daily StarThe people of Scotland take the title of the UK’s most amorousSome of the most interesting stats to come from the survey, were:

  • The people of Scotland take the title of the UK’s most amorous

  • Millennials are bedroom multitaskers, seeing more action than the preceding generations but also more likely to send work emails from their bed

  • The most popular bedroom activity is… watching TV!

Sifting through the hundreds of responses to the study, we identified a number of key trends and several slumber-themed surprises:

Nationally, nearly one in ten Brits go to sleep with a pet in their bedroom, whilst a quarter of us now watch TV in bed

And according to the study, over half of us go to bed on a mattress over five years old.

The UK’s most loved-up region is Scotland, with 44% of respondents saying that ‘getting amorous’ is one of the main activities in the bedroom.

This compares to a national average of 25%, and is four-times higher than the South West, where only 11% of people say lovemaking is a major factor in their bedroom.

We are said to be a nation of pet lovers, and nowhere do people love their furry friends more than the North West. 25% of respondents said they went to sleep with a pet in their bedroom (nationally: 7%).

We’re finding it harder and harder to switch off from work. 10% of us say that checking emails is now a ‘major bedroom activity’.

Millennials particularly feel the pressure, with nearly double the national average regularly checking in (18% of Millennials).

The hardest working region? The East, with 33% of respondents saying they regularly check emails in bed.

Finally, Wales is the most shy region in the country. Only 15% have sex with the lights on, compared to a national average of 30%


What does it all mean?

With an ‘always on culture’ it's no wonder mobile devices are so prevalent in our bedrooms.

But to ensure a good night's sleep, limit mobile activity in the last half hour before bed - the blue light can interfere with circadian rhythms which regulate sleep

“With half of us sleeping on a mattress over five years old, many could see a sleep improvement with a mattress update. Do you know your old sprung mattress can contain millions of mites, and several ounces of skin, oil and sweat?!

“In the past five years, advances in sleep technology means a modern mattress offers a cooler, hygienic and more supportive sleep.