Survey: UK’s chronic lack of sleep
Our survey statistics make for uncomfortable bedtime reading.
With UK adults clocking up 5.5 billion broken nights each year,
sleep debt is real. Let’s take a look at the consequences of
lack of sleep, ranging from calling in sick to mental health
The scale of the issue
Our survey reveals the average UK adult is dealing with a serious lack of sleep, clocking up nine bad nights’ sleep each month. The effects of lack of sleep are wide-ranging with 29% reporting aching joints, 30% citing eye strain, 29% reporting reduced desire to socialise and 28% less inclined to exercise.
The impact of lack of sleep on work
Given the pressures of the pandemic, anxiety around employment and work-from-home isolation, it’s perhaps not surprising that sick days through lack of sleep are at a high. Interestingly, men were more likely to call in sick than women, with 35% of males versus 22% of females. And those living in London reported the highest number of sick days with 52% compared to East Anglia’s 19%.
The effects of lack of sleep
Lack of sleep is manifesting in not only physical lethargy but also in impaired mental faculty. A significant 45% of respondents told us they make bad decisions after a bad night’s sleep with 19% of men strongly agreeing to 11% of women.
Psychological effects of a bad night's sleep
One of the most alarming statistics to emerge from our survey concerns young adults who told us that lack of sleep is causing mental health issues in 50% of 18-24 year olds.
The UK needs sleep support
“It’s impossible to see a doctor”, “I don’t believe I would be taken seriously“, “There’s a lack of understanding”… These are just some of the reasons our respondents put forward for not seeking help with sleep issues.
Help is just a phone call away
Powered by the Sleep Charity in partnership with Furniture Village
A brand-new helpline staffed by trained sleep advisors offering free, confidential sleep support. Calls to 03303 530 541 are charged at local network rate. Because sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.
Want to help the UK sleep better?
In partnership with The Sleep Charity, we’ve launched the national sleep helpline for anyone struggling to sleep.