It seems that we are actually sleeping a full 43 minutes more per night than our parents were in the 1970s, according to a study run by the University of Oxford.
Looking at the sleeping patterns of thousands of people, the study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, found that the average time that Brits spend asleep has increased from seven hours and 23 minutes in 1974 to eight hours and six minutes in 2015.
Those who are unemployed now get around an hour more than they did in the 1970s, with those who are employed sleeping for 45 more minutes a night and those who are retired sleeping for 27 more minutes a night.
The result is that maybe the nation isn’t in such a major sleep crisis as was originally thought… what Dr Oz, surgeon and TV doctor called the “single biggest under appreciated health problem.” Although, while the the study looks at quantity of sleep, it doesn’t factor in quality, which given the number of digital devices in our midst may have its own impact on how rested we feel.
Either way, we know that sleep problems are also associated with many illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even colds and flu, so improving it could help overall health.
A different study suggested that the key is having something worth getting out of bed for the next day, but we know that sleep can be impacted by a number of different things.
Sleep specialist Tej Samani suggests that a number of elements including the time you go to bed and the temperature of your bedroom also make an impact. Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow extols the virtues of ‘clean sleeping’… make of that what you will.
Either way, we can all be in agreement about two things: number one – rest is a fundamental part of our wellbeing, and number two – whatever the research says, we would probably all like to have more of it.
So while a spa is universally considered to be a good place to relax, it’s also the ideal location to get the right experience and even the right advice to help improve your sleep patterns.
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