The most common reasons behind a restless night’s sleep have been revealed following a new study.
The research found that the main reasons for unsettled rest include stress, fretting over finances and not quite getting the temperature right in the bedroom.
A study of 2,000 adult participants revealed that 38 per cent of people suffer from poor sleep because of an uncomfortable mattress.
Another reason for restlessness was due to a partner snoring with 36 per cent of people woken up by the noise.
Sleep is also often disturbed by traffic noise, light coming in from the window, and lifestyle habits including consuming caffeinated drink, according to the study.
Additionally, mobile phones have a big impact on sleep with 14 per cent staying awake to scroll through social media, 12 per cent playing games and 13 per cent reading on their devices before bed which can lead to a bad night – reports The Mirror.
As a result, the average adult reckons they need an additional four hours sleep every night to make up for a lack of peaceful rest, according to the research commissioned by furniture retailer DFS.
Dr David Lee, clinical director at Sleep Unlimited and author of “Teaching the World to Sleep” said: “We’ve seen big changes to people’s routines as a result of the pandemic – so it’s no surprise that many people are struggling to maintain or establish a good bedtime routine.
“Bad sleepers need to declutter the bedroom by establishing the bedroom as simply for sleep.
“Get dressed in a different room, read in a different room, use electrical devices in a different room.
“Then, over time, you’ll start to associate the bed in the bedroom with nothing but sleep.”
A spokesman for DFS said: “There are ways to get a good night’s sleep, but it seems people are out of practice, with a number of habits getting in the way throughout the day.
“It’s no surprise that having a poor-quality mattress or pillow is a contributing factor to an uncomfortable sleeping pattern, as well as emotional and physical factors in and around the home.
“So, it’s important to ensure you have a really comfortable bed and tighten up your routine where necessary.”
The study also found more than a quarter of adults (28 per cent) are dissatisfied with the number of hours of sleep they’re getting.
And nearly one in five (18 per cent) admitted their sleeping routine has worsened since the pandemic.
More than half of those (53 per cent) put this down to feeling more worried and anxious about everyday issues, and 20 per cent found it difficult to switch off from reading news notifications on their phone.
However, one in five said their quality of sleep has improved since March 2020, with 28 per cent of those investing more time into their bedtime routine and relaxing in the evening.
Working from home has also helped 27 per cent to sleep better, as 30 per cent are able to sleep in longer.
The research, conducted via OnePoll, revealed the typical bedtime routine consists of going to the toilet, brushing teeth, and checking that all the doors are locked and lights are off in the house.
Others also watch TV (35 per cent) and scroll through social media (18 per cent) before bed.
The average adult’s bedtime prep takes 32 mins to complete – but they then spend an additional 22 minutes trying to fall asleep.
It also emerged a third of adults claim to nod off more quickly when reading a physical book or magazine, with 18 per cent admitting they tend to fall asleep much slower when playing video games before bed.
The spokesman for DFS added: “It’s clear that using our devices – whether it’s our mobile phones, game consoles or watching TV – can have an adverse effect on how quickly or slowly we can fall asleep.
“That’s why it is important to have a more set routine which does not involve using digital screens, and focuses on establishing a comfortable sleeping environment – from the mattress you lie on to the darkness of your bedroom.”
Causes of a restless night:
- being stressed
- Being too hot/cold
- Feeling anxious
- being unwell
- Uncomfortable mattress/pillow
- Worrying about finances
- partner snoring
- too much light
- Drinking caffeinated drinks
- Noise such as traffic outside
- Worrying about work deadlines
- Child keeping you up in the night
- drinking alcohol
- partner moving around
- Worrying about personal admin
- Using a mobile phone in bed
- Eating close to bedtime
- Scrolling through social media
- Pet keeping you up at night
- Reading on a phone in/immediately before bed
Don’t miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond – Sign up to our daily newsletter here.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.