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Dreaming of Home Beds top the list of most-missed things on holiday

By Steven Willis   |   Posted in Sleep Research   |   Thursday 31st July 2014

Dreaming of Home  Beds top the list of most-missed things on holiday

What do you miss about home when you’re away on holiday? Pets? Friends and family? Favourite TV programmes? Well, according to the results of our latest sleep survey it’s your own bed. Of the 2,361 UK-based respondents, 21% said that their trusty bed at home was the thing they longed for the most.

The top five most-missed were;

  1. Own bed: 21%
  2. Pets: 18%
  3. Home-cooked food: 17%
  4. Favourite TV programmes: 13%
  5. Family and friends: 11%

Sleep’s influence on your day

thinking on bedHow well you sleep has a direct influence on everything you do during the daytime. Waking up groggy and unrefreshed after a restless night may feel like it will only spoil your early morning, but it actually sparks a chain of behaviour that will last the entire day, in fact right up to the point that you go to bed that night. Your energy levels, appetite, mood and motivation all depend largely on how well you slept. So it stands to reason that if you’re suffering poor sleep night after night then you’re not going to be having the best time of things. Added to the fact that that you know you get good sleep at home, and it’s easy to see how you can begin to miss your own bed when you’re parted from it.

Bed hygiene… or lack thereof

With such a high percentage of respondents saying that they missed their own bed more than anything else, our survey suggested that holiday sleep quality wasn’t the best. Looking deeper into this area, we asked whether the bed on holiday was actually to blame for this. Notably, some 53% said that the hotel bed was ‘comfortable, but not as comfortable as own bed’, while 21% claimed that the bed on holiday was ‘far less comfortable’ than what they were used to.

In terms of particular complaints about holiday beds, the top three were;

  1. Bedding not changed regularly enough: 29%
  2. Mattress and/or bedding was very thin: 26%
  3. Sheets were dirty: 18%

With hygiene levels dropping below accepted and expected standards it is little wonder that sleep suffered as a result.

Better sleep on holiday?

Despite the majority of respondents saying that they missed their beds at home more than anything else while away, and the skin-crawling list of holiday bed-based complaints that cropped up during our survey, there were some participants who claimed that they actually got better sleep on holiday. For these people, some 6% of the total participants, the prospect of returning to their own beds meant that their sleep would suffer. This is actually one of the most effective and immediate ways to discover that your mattress at home is past its best and needs replacing.

With mattresses being generally unseen – they’re not on show as much as usual pieces of furniture – many of us have a tendency to forget about them after a while. This leads to us subconsciously accepting their failures, sometimes long after they’ve given up the ghost. Those mornings where you wake up aching all over, or the evenings spent lying awake, looking at the ceiling and finding it impossible to get into a comfy position for sleep, tend to be overlooked or attributed to something else. However if they’re happening night after night then your mattress may be to blame.

There are several easy ways to check once and for all whether your mattress needs replacing, and, unsurprisingly, one of them is in fact finding out whether your sleep is better on holiday. So if you’re finding this summer when you’re sleeping on a different mattress that your sleep quality is improved, then it’s time to take a look at your mattress at home and decide whether it’s ready for a replacement. Remember your day-to-day mood, productivity and even general health are all directly related to your regular sleep quality, so it’s not something that should be ignored.




7 Surprising Ways Sleeping Well Can Improve Your Life

Wednesday 30th July 2014

7 Surprising Ways Sleeping Well Can Improve Your Life

Sleeping well is something many of us don't take seriously enough, but getting a good night's sleep really does play an important role in our well-being and long-term health. Read on to discover 7 surprising ways sleep can improve your life...

Category: Sleep Research

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Bed-Sharing Guide: Is Sleeping Apart the Future of Relationships?

Monday 28th July 2014

Bed-Sharing Guide: Is Sleeping Apart the Future of Relationships?

Sharing a bed with your partner would be considered by many as being one of the most fundamental aspects of a relationship, but surprisingly, sleeping in separate beds is becoming increasingly popular among new couples.

Category: Sleep Research

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Why a Good Night's Sleep Should Be Part of Your Weight-Loss Regime

Sunday 27th July 2014

Why a Good Night's Sleep Should Be Part of Your Weight-Loss Regime

If like so many of the population you’re on a diet, then things like eating healthily, your calorie intake and your exercise regime become a priority. And rightly so, those three factors are vital to any weight-loss programme, but how many of you would consider sleeping well as being as important as those other factors in trying to shed those pounds? Chances are, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the last things you’ll think of if you’re trying to lose weight, but the fact is that there is a very strong link between obesity and sleep deprivation.

Category: Sleep Research

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7 Ways to Create the Perfect Bedroom

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

7 Ways to Create the Perfect Bedroom

Is your bedroom a space where relaxation is hard to come by? Here’s how to turn it into a haven of serenity and get some great sleep as a result;

Category: Sleep Research

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How Long Could You Go without Sleep?

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

How Long Could You Go without Sleep?

Sleep is an integral part of life and is something we all do on a daily basis. However, a good night’s sleep is not always possible and we’ve all been guilty of pulling at least one ‘all-nighter’ during our time, whether that be revising for an exam, caring for a loved one, partying too hard or having to travel at an awkward time in the morning. Whilst one sleepless night may seem relatively harmless, the potential health risks are actually quite severe. The question is, just how long could you go without sleeping?

Category: Sleep Research

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12 Ways That Sleep Deprivation Can Ruin Your Day

Wednesday 16th July 2014

12 Ways That Sleep Deprivation Can Ruin Your Day

Sleep deprivation won't just wreck your night... it'll make your day an ordeal too. Here's how;

Category: Sleep Research

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Most-wanted Beds Fun and fantasy outrank sleep

Tuesday 15th July 2014

Most-wanted Beds  Fun and fantasy outrank sleep

Our latest look into the sleep habits of the nation focused on beds, and revealed that many men harbour a secret desire to have their own versions of children’s novelty beds, while the bed that women are more likely to want was found to be a fairy-tale four-poster.

We asked 2,632 people in the UK what type of bed they had, and what type of bed they’d like to have. The light-hearted study showed that when it comes to bedrooms, many of us are young at heart.  

Category: Sleep Research

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5 Mind-Blowing Eye Facts

Monday 7th July 2014

5 Mind-Blowing Eye Facts

The ability to see really is an amazing process. The eyeball is one of the more complicated and complex organs of the human body, and the eyes play a vital role in some of the body’s most important processes. It goes without saying that our eyes play a major role in the function of sleep, and their exposure to light helps determine how tired we feel. Here are some of our favourite facts about the eyes…

Category: Sleep Research

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Co-sleeping Parenting Uncovered - Study: Average Age When Stopped is Over 7

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Co-sleeping Parenting Uncovered - Study: Average Age When Stopped is Over 7

Our latest investigation in to the sleep habits of the nation took a look at the controversial issue of co-sleeping with children, and uncovered a number of surprising statistics. We found that the average age that a child stops sleeping in their parents’ bed on a regular basis is over 7 years old, and that many parents lie about the situation to friends and families.

Overall, some 87% of our 2740 respondents said that their child had slept in the parental bed at least once. The reasons behind allowing this to happen were varied, with the top five being;

  1. Too tired to deal with the child not sleeping in their own bed – 24%
  2. Child was distressed (poorly or unsettled) – 22%
  3. Fell asleep while cuddling in bed – 16%
  4. Partner wasn’t home and felt lonely – 15%
  5. Woke up to find them in bed – 14%

Category: Sleep Research

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The Dream Debate - Why Do Scientists Know so Little?

Thursday 26th June 2014

The Dream Debate - Why Do Scientists Know so Little?

Dreaming is something we all experience on a daily basis, so you’d imagine scientists had the fundamentals of why and how we dream all figured out, right? Wrong. The truth is, even though much has been invested into researching why we sleep and why we dream, both are relatively poorly understood by medical professionals compared to other fundamentals of the body, especially the latter. Although sleep is better understood, dreaming is a very grey area. Let’s dissect what we do know about dreaming…

Category: Sleep Research

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Google Glass yet another sleep-stealing gadget or the future of health-orientated wearables?

Wednesday 25th June 2014

Google Glass  yet another sleep-stealing gadget or the future of health-orientated wearables?

Google Glass has become available in the UK for the first time this week, after a much-hyped trial period in the US. So, will the face-mounted device usher smart wearables into the mainstream and benefit our lives with health-related apps, or will it be just another techie distraction that will provide yet more things to do with our recreational time and ruin our sleep quality?

Category: Sleep Research

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5 Ways Our Sleep Is Just Like A Computer's Sleep Mode

Tuesday 24th June 2014

5 Ways Our Sleep Is Just Like A Computer's Sleep Mode

Sleep is a fundamental part of life on Earth. Humans do it, animals do it, and even plants technically sleep (but of course, you knew that already, why else would they have flowerbeds). The need for sleep has now extended beyond the living world, with most electronic devices coming with a ‘sleep mode’. The question is, how similar is the way we sleep to the sleep mode found on electronic devices? 

Category: Sleep Research

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Night-time Injuries The Hazardous Side of Sleep

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Night-time Injuries  The Hazardous Side of Sleep

Sleep is a time for restful repose, a chance for the body and mind to switch off and rejuvenate from the stresses of the day… or is it? Well according to our latest survey it seems that, for many of us, sleep can be a hazardous undertaking where injuries are risked on a nightly basis! Amazingly, 79% of respondents claimed that they’d suffered an injury of some description during the course of a night’s sleep. Although the vast majority (92%) said that these injuries were minor – bruises and scratches being the most common – the findings do indicate that going to bed sometimes isn’t the relaxing scenario that it should be.

When it came to what exactly caused these night-time knocks, the top five incidents were;

  1. Falling out of bed – 21%
  2. Accidentally struck by a partner moving – 18%
  3. Going to sleep in an awkward, uncomfortable position – 15%
  4. Sleeping in an unfamiliar room and being disorientated when waking – 12%
  5. Sleepwalking – 8%

 

Category: Sleep Research

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Could Sleep Be the Key to World Cup Success? Why Sleep Is Essential to Athletic Performance

Tuesday 10th June 2014

Could Sleep Be the Key to World Cup Success? Why Sleep Is Essential to Athletic Performance

“Get a good night’s sleep before the game”. This is an often quoted piece of advice from managers, coaches, and parents all over the world, and while it may seem a very trivial piece of advice to give, could sleep really have a say in the outcome of the World Cup? We look at the science behind the value of a good night’s sleep for athletes… 

First of all, let’s listen to a champion of their respective field: Andrea PirloTo quote the Italian football legend and 2006 World Cup winner; “I spent the afternoon of Sunday, July 9, 2006 in Berlin sleeping and playing the PlayStation.” A few hours later he went on to lift the most treasured prize in the game. The question is, would this afternoon of napping have had an impact on his game?  

Category: Sleep Research

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