New data reveals that Brits would much rather turn to TV to help them sleep than seek professional advice. 

29 per cent of those surveyed by the UK’s leading sleep expert, The Sleep Charity, say they regularly tune in to help them drift off into slumber, compared to just five per cent who’ll look for proper guidance. 

26 per cent say they listen to music, 15 per cent take medication and around one in six (14 per cent) now use sleep apps. 

The survey has been conducted in partnership with Censuswide to mark the launch of The Sleep Charity’s Adult Sleep eBook ‘Understanding Your Sleep’, which has been developed in conjunction with Bed Advice UK, the National Bed Federation’s consumer education arm.  

The eBook provides resources to support good sleeping habits and follows the success of the organisation’s Teen and Children’s sleep eBooks, supporting young people and their parents in enjoying a more restful night. 

Overall, almost one in five UK adults (16 per cent) say they regularly sleep poorly, with data revealing worry and stress as the most common obstacle to a good night. 

Close to half (44 per cent) cite this as a factor in them struggling to nod off. 

Being too hot or cold (31 per cent) and being disturbed by partners (19 per cent) also rank highly as hinderances to a good night’s sleep.  

Meanwhile, more than a quarter of Brits (29 per cent) admit to sleeping on a mattress that is six or more years old, with 14 per cent of all respondents citing an uncomfortable bed or mattress as a factor in them struggling to sleep. 

Separate research carried out by Bed Advice UK shows that, on average, consumers are replacing their mattresses after around 7 years. 

Lisa Artis, deputy CEO of The Sleep Charity, said: “This data lays bare the poor sleep that our nation is getting, most shockingly so as a result of stress and worry. 

“Poor sleep affects all areas of our health and wellbeing, when we don’t sleep well over a prolonged period of time, our bodies don’t have enough time to rest and restore so we start to see that manifest in physical and mental health issues.  

“While TV can be a distraction, the blue light emitted has a negative impact on our sleep and can mean that we struggle to drift off or, if we do get to sleep, it is not as good quality. Equally, the content we can be watching can keep us stimulated and awake.  

“Try reading a book, doing some yoga or another restful activity to help you get back to sleep.  

“Professional help might not be necessary in all instances, but please do seek support if you are struggling, we are here to help you. 

“We hope that our new eBook will provide adults with the tools and resources UK adults need to improve their sleep.” 

Simon Williams, head of marketing and membership at the National Bed Federation, added: “We believe that a suitable, comfortable bed is vital to achieving a good night’s sleep.  

“Through our code of practice, we support manufacturers to ensure their products are compliant with all UK regulations on safety and trade descriptions and are made to the correct standards.” 

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