Do you get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night? On average, adults have been found to get just six hours and 36 minutes of sleep a night. This is an hour and 24 minutes less than advised. Over the course of a year, this equates to 511 hours, almost 64 nights.
The leading cause of this lack of sleep, according to a recent poll, is stress.
Having a partner who snores or fidgets, being too hot or too cold and worrying about finances can also result in sleeplessness. Other reasons for insomnia highlighted in the poll were having an uncomfortable bed, having young children and using electrical devices late at night.
One in 20 adults say they get a maximum of four hours’ sleep a night, while 68% say they do not believe they get enough sleep.
The survey of 1,000 people was carried out by MatalanDirect.com and found that Britain’s productivity is affected two days a week because of this lack of sleep. A spokesman said the following:
“A good night’s sleep is something we all require as a matter of health, but it seems like it’s something many of us struggle to get.
“Experts recommend we get around eight hours a night, but in actual fact the average adult is getting just six-and-a-half hours.”
He highlighted the danger this has to our health, saying that Age UK have linked long-term lack of sleep with strokes, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The importance of sleep is becoming increasingly clear, while modern life, technology and stress continues to hinder our sleeping habits. There are several approaches you can try to improve your sleep, including hypnotherapy.
This therapy uses the power of suggestion to change the way you think about sleep, helping to make it more accessible. Hypnotherapy can also be used to lower stress levels and promote relaxation, key elements in getting quality sleep.