Feeling sluggish and tired in the morning? Have you really had the best sleep you possibly can? Nearly a third of people feel their quality of sleep is poor and three in five say they wake up at least three times a night.
Stress, money and work worries are just some of the reasons causing people difficulties either getting to sleep or falling back asleep.
New insights by Nytol, suggest over a third of people openly remarking about feeling tired nearly every day and getting just one more hour of sleep a night would help them to become ‘morning people’.
The frustration of not sleeping well is widespread with only 10% claiming to feel wide awake the moment they open their eyes! Getting to sleep is one of the biggest challenges to a good night’s sleep. One in five find themselves lying awake for over an hour before they fall asleep and a similar number resort to counting sheep to help them nod off.
Dr Chris Idzikowski, Director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre comments on the findings: “If you are waking up tired and finding it difficult to get up in the morning it could mean you are sleep deprived. Sleep is hugely important to our health and wellbeing so it is inevitable people find themselves depending on other methods, such as caffeine, to get ready for the day. It’s important to give yourself time to wind down before bed so turn off the TV and avoid late night chores and you will be surprised how much more refreshed you feel in the morning and the improvement in the quality of your sleep.”
Little sleep is encouraging people to use things to help wake them up, coffee being the modt popular. This is followed by a shower and then an alarm out of reach, forcing them out of bed.
The majority of people describe a good night’s sleep as ‘very important’ to their lifestyle with waking feeling refreshed listed as the most important contributor to a good morning.
A Nytol spokesperson comments: “Having a good night’s sleep and feeling revitalised in the morning not only has a huge personal benefit but can also have positive repercussions for those closest to you. Sleep problems affect many of us at some point in our lives so when you are faced with temporary sleep difficulties, taking a clinically proven sleep aid like Nytol can help you drift off into a natural sleep, helping to restore your natural sleep rhythm so you can wake up refreshed in the morning and ready to take on the day.”
Sleep side effects
A disrupted night’s sleep can have bigger consequences than just feeling weary in the morning. Over a quarter of sleep deprived people argue with their spouse and family after a night of tossing and turning and nearly two in five of partners bear the brunt of their other halves flagging energy levels.
We also take the effects of a bad night’s sleep with us to work, with 43% admitting to being less productive after disrupted rest and more than one in ten making mistakes at work as a result of feeling dozy.
Dr Idzikowski continues: “When people are tired they can also feel lethargic, irritable and generally less productive —which is particularly concerning if you have a family to look after or a busy day at the office. If you are having trouble sleeping there are a number of things you can do, such as ensuring your bedroom is cool, dark and clutter free. Most of all try not to dwell on the problem of falling asleep as this may keep your brain alert. Temporary sleep aids can be beneficial if you are still struggling to get back into a healthy sleep routine.”