You may have heard or seen that the whole of March has been ‘National Bed Month’. But what exactly is it all about?
Organised by The Sleep Council, it is aimed at focusing on why its important to get a good night’s sleep. Essentially, sleeping well is good for your health, can make you feel happier and even live longer – so its worth trying to get a few more Zzzzz’s at night!
I think we all feel we could get a bit more sleep – I know I do – so when bed manufacturing experts, Silentnightchallenged me to take some time out from social media one evening and try and relax away from my favourite apps, I was keen to give it a try. I thought it would be hard, but it did help that they sent me some lovely comfy Silentnight pillows and a bundle of sleep goodies. Plus an interesting book from Dr Nerina Ramlakhan (Silentnight’s resident Sleep Expert).
For me, I found my app free evening with the products nice and relaxing. I put my phone on charge and forgot about it while I watched some TV, propped up on my comfy pillows, and read my Kindle for a while. After about 45 minutes, I was falling asleep!
I also found it really interesting that when Silentnight recently completed a survey of 2000 adults in the UK, based all around their social media use and sleeping habits, they discovered the following:
Isn’t it interesting that Snapchat and Instagram are the worst culprits in terms of sleep deprivation? Perhaps because they are more image-based and as some of those images disappear after a certain length of time, maybe people are feeling ‘FOMO’ (fear of missing out). That’s certainly what Dr Nerina believes, in this increasingly image-focussed culture, with a growing pressure not to miss out.
But while Facebook and Twitter users were found to be sleeping better than those using Snapchat and Instagram, more than 40 per cent of all Brits claimed to be addicted to social media and it’s clear to me that if 30% of Brits would rate their sleep as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ we need to make a conscious change. I personally can’t imagine waking in the night to check my social platforms, but I do think we could all gain a better ‘tech-life balance’ if we made a conscious decision to disconnect at night time.
Putting my phone out of view for an evening felt quite liberating. Once it was out of sight, I didn’t feel the urge to check it, but then I’m not in the young age group of 16-24 year olds that admit to never going a day without social media.
How do you fair sleepwise? You might want to check out the Silentnight Interactive Sleep map to discover how your sleep compares to the sleep habits of the rest of the nation!