A new study of sleeping habits in the UK has shown Brits are a restless bunch, with over 40 per cent talking in their sleep, and more surprisingly almost 10 per cent getting creative by drawing, painting or writing while in the land of nod.
In a survey of 2,000 UK adults, overall 42 per cent spoke in their sleep, with almost half of 25 to 34-year-olds continuing to natter away. It also revealed that women are more prone to sleep-talking than men, as 46 per cent admitted to the behaviour, in comparison to 35 per cent of men.
The study also showed that one in 10 people are somnambulists, or sleep-walkers. Sleepwalking usually occurs in a period of deep sleep during the first few hours after falling asleep.
While the exact cause is unknown, it seems to run in families, according to the NHS. Sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety, and drinking too much alcohol, taking recreational are among the factors that can trigger sleep walking.
10 best sleeping gadgets
10 best sleeping gadgets
1/10 Philips Hue GU10 Connected Bulb Starter Pack
Use your Android or iPhone to change the colour of these Wi-Fi-connected light bulbs, casting a soothing blue before bed. They also have an alarm setting so you can use them instead of an alarm clock or, alternatively, use the dimmer setting to ease you off in the evening. £179.95, johnlewis.com
2/10 Glo to Sleep
An eyemask with a difference, this one has a strip of gradually fading blue lights which you focus on, slowly rolling your eyes upwards - engaging sleep. No batteries or wires are needed; instead the blue strips power up just by being held towards a light source for 30 seconds. £31.97, amazon.co.uk
3/10 The Alarming Clock
This clock’s face is hidden on its underside so those “clock watching” nights will soon become a thing of the past. The real boon here, though, is that it has an evening alarm, which lets you know when to begin winding down in order to develop a more defined sleep routine. Plus, the morning alarm is based on a woodpecker which is much more relaxing than loud sirens emanating from your phone. £125, alarmingindustries.co.uk
4/10 Boon Glo Nightlight
This is a nightlight for kids with three removable balls which can be picked up and taken with them around the house. Perfect for that night-time trip to the bathroom or for anyone who happens to be scared of the dark. £42.99, amazon.co.uk
Wake up to the soothing question, ‘Would you like me to pop the kettle on?’ on your phone from this Wi-Fi-connected kettle. It has four different temperatures and a keep-warm setting, as well as an auto-shut-off mode for when you’ve forgotten to refill. Works with Android and iPhone. £99.99, firebox.com
Plug any Android or iPhone into the headphone jack, load up the app and play relaxing music straight from the pillow into the back of your head. It uses bone-conducting technology so no headphones are required. £107, dreampadsleep.com
7/10 Fitbit Flex
You can track your sleep patterns with the Flex using the mobile and online dashboards, as well as tracking your activity during the day. Find out how long you spend in deep REM sleep – and then adjust your day accordingly. £69.99, argos.co.uk
8/10 Lumie Bodyclock Active 250
Wake up to the rising sun, rather than a jolting beep, every morning with the Lumie. At night you can head to bed to a sunset – it has six different light levels - and the relaxing sound of an ocean shore. £89.99, firebox.com
If you don’t need all the palava that comes with the activity monitoring of the Flex, the iOS Sleep Cycle app might be the thing for you. It monitors your movements as you sleep and finds the best time to wake you up within a 30-minute window. £0.69, itunes.com
Psychologists have long claimed that certain scents help you to fall asleep. Use the app to shower the room in a puff of lavender. The capsule can use different scents and hues of light to aid the nodding-off process. £48 for starter kit, scentee.com
The research commissioned by Ibis Hotels also gave in an insight into the mysterious world of dreams, with some 16 per cent of adults convinced that they had dreamt something that they claim later came true. Meanwhile, a quarter of those surveyed reported having a recurring dream for six months.
The peculiarities of sleepers across the UK were also revealed, as people in the North East were more likely to have recurring dreams, while a quarter of people in the same region admitted to dream cheating on their partners. But the Scottish appear to be the most self-conscious about their behaviour, as a fifth have had a sexual dream about someone and felt embarrassed to see them the next day.
Meanwhile, Londoners were more prone to having the same dreams as their friends and families on the same night. Residents of the capital were also more likely to be able to get back into a dream after waking up.Reuse content