Money worries and temperatures hitting sleep
Fears over the country’s economic future and hot weather kept millions of people awake at night this summer, new research has found.
The initial results from Sealy’s Sleep Census found that 21% of people have since experienced disturbed sleep as a result of worries over job security, 19% fears over economic uncertainty and 14% the threat of recession post the EU referendum.
Meanwhile, July’s above-average temperatures also caused problems with 62% of people struggling to sleep.
1,000 people from across the country were questioned as part of a international study to comprehensively understand the impact major events can play on sleep quality, as well to benchmark sleeping patterns across the world.
Run in conjunction with Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit, the study also includes participants in Australia, South Africa, China and South Korea.
‘Our mission here at the CSRU is to improve the understanding of evidence-based management of insomnia and chronic sleep disturbance through applied research, knowledge transfer and professional training. The Sleep Census fits perfectly within this. We’re pleased to be involved with the study and we’re looking forward to seeing the results, and identifying trends across the globe. This is certainly a ground-breaking project,’ says Professor Kevin Morgan, Loughborough University Clinical Sleep Research Unit.
‘We’re very excited to be conducting the Sleep Census in association with Loughborough University and our partners across the globe. Sleep is clearly an issue for many following the stresses caused by Brexit, and as such, the study will provide invaluable insights into sleep which will inform both our product development and the work of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit. This forms an important part of Sealy’s ongoing commitment to research and innovation in the sleep arena and it’s fantastic to be the country driving the study forward. We hope people across the UK will take the 10-15 minutes to complete the study for us,’ says Neil Robinson, Sealy sales and marketing director.