Bad night's sleep 'leads to poor choices throughout day'

Junk food, rows with partners and short attention spans all follow restless doze

Rob Knight
Wednesday 24 January 2018 11:07 GMT

Unhealthy food choices, rows with partners and short attention spans are among the most common knock-on effects of a bad night’s sleep, according to a study.

Researchers polled 2,000 UK adults to explore the impact of a terrible night’s sleep – with other outcomes including feeling more emotional, clumsiness and oversleeping.

Incredibly, those polled have 90 "bad sleeps" every year on average – almost a quarter of our yearly slumber.

As a direct result, 171 questionable decisions or lapses of judgement are made over the course of a typical 12-month period.

Amid this, two thirds think poor sleep is having a significant effect on their lives – with 47 per cent believing it has damaged their health.

The research was commissioned by eve Sleep ahead of the launch of The Sleep Suite, a five-day event featuring workshops, talks and panel discussions on sleep, which takes place in London from 29 January until 2 February.

Christine Hansen, holistic sleep expert and spokeswoman for eve Sleep, said: “The good news is, 2018 is the year when sleep is finally on the agenda.

“This research shows that 75 per cent of people are more aware of the importance of sleep, compared to ten years ago, which is hugely positive.

“While an impressive 90 per cent believe a good night’s sleep has significant health benefits.

“Although we understand how important sleep is for us and our health, there is still a lot we can all do to improve our night time routines.”

Lack of humour is also a common knock-on effect of bad sleep, along with being grumpy and snapping at the kids.

Other impacts include taking more risks on the road, making mistakes at work and being less presentable.

The research also found the biggest causes of a bad night’s sleep are stress, being too hot and needing to go to the loo in middle of the night.

Worrying about work, snoring partners and outside noise are also common reasons for a disappointing kip.

And for 44 per cent, the anxiety they might have about bad sleep is in itself a cause of poor sleep.

On average those polled sleep for six hours and 34 minutes per night, typically waking up around two times.

Sixty-one per cent admit they worry about the potential impacts it could have on their future health.

Forty-five per cent admit sleeping badly has affected their relationship with their partner and 29 per cent think it has impacted their relationship with their kids.

Carried out through, half of the population admit they could do more to ensure they sleep better than they do currently.

Amid this, nine in 10 think a good night’s sleep has significant health benefits, while seven in 10 consider sleep to be a priority for them over the next 12 months.

Jas Bagniewski, co founder and CEO of eve Sleep added: “We’re on a mission to help people sleep better by designing simple, beautiful and accessible products.

“At the same time, we acknowledge that improving a person’s sleep isn’t always possible by simply buying a mattress, pillow or upgrading your bedding.

“It helps, but of course there is a lot more to it - and that’s also important to us.”

Top 30 knock-on effects of bad sleep

  1. Feeling stressed
  2. More likely to overreact to things
  3. Reduced sense of humour
  4. Having a short attention span/finding it hard to concentrate
  5. Feeling more emotional
  6. Being unproductive at work
  7. Being more clumsy
  8. Eating unhealthy food
  9. Spending day in a bit of a haze
  10. Having bags under my eyes
  11. Arguing with my partner
  12. Oversleeping
  13. Feeling rushed
  14. Being snappy with the kids
  15. Being late
  16. Reduced empathy/find it hard to care about things
  17. Forgetting things at work
  18. Lacking patience when driving
  19. Making mistakes at work
  20. Have less patience with shop assistants
  21. Having less patience with clients/customers
  22. Being less presentable
  23. Being ruder
  24. Missing appointments
  25. Driving less safely
  26. Missing deadlines
  27. Arguing with work colleagues
  28. Pulling a sickie
  29. Dropping my kids off to school late
  30. Forgetting to make the kids' pack lunch


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