how much sleep is the nation really getting?

Sleep may have become the official buzzword of 2019, but how much of it are we really getting? According to our latest research, not much. It seems us Brits can’t catch a wink of sleep. On average, UK adults are getting a mere 5 hours and 36 minutes of uninterrupted sleep each night. Despite the fact that the NHS advises we should be aiming for a solid 6-9 hours.

location, location, location

The West Midlands takes the crown for the nation’s most sleep-deprived region with an average of just five hours and 18 minutes sleep. East Anglia (five hours and 22 minutes) and the South West (five hours and 23 minutes) take second and third on the podium. 

Despite getting the most sleep, the North East and the South East regions, still only manage to achieve on average five hours and 45 minutes of sleep every night.


So, why aren’t we sleeping? It might not surprise you to learn that noisy neighbours, loud music, barking dogs and road traffic are just some of the reasons you’re being kept up at night. But it’s not only your sleep environment that’s to blame. Our poll, which surveyed 2,000 UK adults, revealed that we’re taking our work to bed with us. So much so, almost 70% of adults endure sleepless nights because of concerns over workload.

The study also reveals that financial concerns (20%) are disturbing sleep, closely followed by sleep troubles due to workplace anxiety (18%) and longer working hours (13%). Yikes.

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The research also revealed age plays a part in a good night’s sleep. Rather shockingly, almost 20% of respondents aged over 55 said they don’t get a good night’s sleep. Compared to the 18-24 year-old Brits who sleep like a baby at least three nights a week.

we’ve got your back

Despite some very sleepless nights, 63% of adults aren’t aware of their legal rights. While 58% of adults expressed worry about how a lack of sleep is negatively impacting their physical and mental health. Leading health care practitioner Dave Gibson told us:

“We are in a sleep deprivation epidemic, made worse by the fact that modern society fails to recognise that lack of sleep has a detrimental effect on people’s lives. Throughout my research, I’ve found that lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in motivation, a decline in performance and have long-term effects on health and wellbeing.

The research also revealed that 77% of people believe sleep should become a fundamental human right, while 60% are shocked that this isn’t already the case. 

Enter eve. We understand how important sleep is to the nation’s wellbeing and that not a lot (if anything at all) is being done to help. So that’s exactly why we’re on a mission to campaign the government to recognise the right to sleep as a fundamental human right. And we won’t rest until we’re done.We’re calling on the public to lend their support by signing our petition here. It only takes a minute to sign but could help the nation get years (and years) of better quality sleep.

Want to understand more about the importance of our campaign? Take a look at some of the nation’s sleep stories.

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