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Breaking Bed

by Northern Life

Binge-watching boxsets is now the most popular thing we do in bed other than sleep

Boxsets are the new sleep stealers, taking the place of Facebook as our favourite bed-based activity

To celebrate National Bed Month , 1,000 UK adults were asked what they like to do in bed apart from sleeping, and the top answer was streaming boxsets or TV programmes over the internet (35%).

Checking social media feeds was still a high second at 30%, followed by writing emails or working (17%), online shopping (11%) and reading at just 4%. Guilty pleasures such as eating biscuits, having a cuppa away from the rest of the family and playing addictive games like Candy Crush also sneaked into the poll’s top answers.watching tv in bed

Results of the survey carried out by The Fine Bedding Company also revealed that the average amount of time we spend in bed before actually going to sleep is 52 minutes – almost the same time as two back-back episodes of Breaking Bad.

It seems we are becoming a nation of binge-watchers, unable to wait another week for the next episode. Some respondents admitted that it was all too easy to press play again and miss out on our beauty sleep.

Although 83% questioned claimed to love sleep, and that it was more important to them than food (66%), we’re actually getting less and less every year.

According to the survey, the average amount of sleep is now 6 hours 28 minutes, compared to our Grandparents’ generation who got a good 8 hours every night1. Although 56% of us claim to be unsatisfied with the amount of sleep we have every night, we can’t seem to tear ourselves away from our favourite shows.

It seems there is also a male / female divide when it comes to bedtimes, with the majority of men questioned saying they go to bed between 11 and 12pm, but most women were already snuggled up an hour earlier between 10 and 11pm.

Sara Wadsworth of The Fine Bedding Company comments “Maybe it’s time to bring a bit of balance back into the bedroom and try some sleep-enhancing activities a few nights a week. Instead of switching on a screen; try some gentle yoga stretches, listening to soothing music or even meditating. There are lots of apps available designed to enhance sleep and can easily be listened to in bed, putting that mobile phone to good use.”

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