Disturbing dreams and late-night snacking causing sleep havoc for millions

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A QUARTER of Brits say that their quality of sleep has fallen since the Coronavirus outbreak as they constantly have worries.

Working later into the evening and snacking closer to bedtime are also among the reasons for a more disturbed night’s sleep, according to the poll of 2,000 Brits.

A fifth are reading the news before bed, meaning they are unable to sleep as soundly as usual, and half are struggling to adapt to their new schedule.

The research was commissioned by mattress manufacturer, eve sleep, which has partnered with slumber expert Dave Gibson to create a ‘Routine Calculator’, which provides expert-approved routines aiding better sleep, based on your wake-up time and age group.

Cheryl Calverley, CMO at eve sleep, said: “Routine is hugely influential on how we sleep – not just for how long but the quality of sleep itself.

“Simply going to bed and waking up the same time every day can have a huge impact on how we feel the following morning, leaving us better able to deal with the anxiety and uncertainty we’re all facing.

“At eve we are on a mission to help the nation get the sleep they need to rise and shine, and this is vital more now than ever as we struggle to deal with the upheaval in our lives.”

The study also found 27 per cent are looking at screens closer to bedtime more now, which is causing them to have a worse night’s sleep.

And nearly one in 10 are exercising later than before social distancing measures were introduced, while as many as 48 per cent are kept up worrying about coronavirus.

As a result, 47 per cent have noticed their dream habits changing, with 14 per cent tossing and turning more in their sleep from their nocturnal adventures.

More than one in 10 are even seeing their daytime worries continue into their dreams.

It also emerged that while 18 per cent feel refreshed when they wake up at the moment, 27 per cent of Brits feel lethargic and 23 per cent feel sleepy.

Top 10 reasons Brits are having a worse night’s sleep:

1. The general change of routine
2. General worries about coronavirus
3. Worries about family members getting sick
4. Worries about my health/ my family’s health in general
5. Worries about catching coronavirus myself
6. Worries about finances
7. Worries about going outside to do things like food shopping
8. Looking at screens closer to bedtime such as watching TV or checking social media
9. Worries about work
10. Reading the news before bed

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