Americans aren't the only ones complaining of poor sleep, no sleep, and abysmal bed partners. News just hit that the majority of Britons are losing ground on the war against insomnia, too. When more than 3,000 adults were quizzed about their sleeping habits in a survey commissioned by the shopping channel QVC, the results were, well, eye-opening.
A growing trend has the average English person banking only six hours a night. Researchers found that in Aberdeen, home to the UK's most sleep-deprived people, the typical resident has just five hours and 23 minutes a night. And in Norwich, which is the UK's sleepiest city, residents spend only six hours and 38 minutes in bed. Nearly two thirds (64%) said lack of sleep was to blame when they felt irritable, while 56% said it left them unable to concentrate, and 37% said it made them crave sugary fatty foods.
Nearly a third of those questioned (29%) suffer from insomnia while 87% feel tired for most of the week, and 17% doze off at work. A whopping nine out of ten report being tired all day. Where's Morpheus, the god of sleep and dreams, when you need him?
So we're not alone. The chief culprits of all this sleeplessness are also familiar:
What are the solutions for both our English friends and ourselves? These ideas should also sound familiar:
I know, all easier said than done. Shouldering the stress of modern life is tough. We are all overscheduled and overwhelmed with things to do. There is no pill to take for solving money and relationship troubles quickly. And sleep is usually last on everyone's list. But focusing on sleep has its hidden rewards that can, in fact, go as far as to help you cope better with life in general and ease tensions across the board. Even in your relationships. After all, who likes a grump?
Clearly, sleeplessness is not just an American sport. It's global. The team who gets a good night's sleep, however, will always be the winner.
Michael J. Breus, PhD
The Sleep Doctorâ„¢
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This post on sleep and sleep hygiene is also available at Dr. Breus's official blog, The Insomnia Blog: by Sleep Doctor Michael Breus, Ph.D.
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