Sleep Disorders

28 January 2011

How to get a good night's sleep: make your bed

A sleep poll has found that people who make their bed every day are 19% more likely to say they get a good night's sleep than those who don't make their bed every day.

A "Bedroom Poll" found that great sleepers get an average of about one hour more shuteye than others. On weekdays, a great sleeper gets an average of seven hours and nine minutes of slumber per night, compared with an average of six hours and two minutes for those who get good sleep less often.

Only 42% of people said they slept well almost every night and can therefore be categorised as "great sleepers," according to a new National Sleep Foundation survey in the US.

More than nine out of 10 respondents said mattresses and pillows play an important role in good sleep, and more than three-quarters also believe the comfortable feeling of sheets and bedding are crucial. In fact, more than 70% reported being more comfortable when sheets have a fresh scent.


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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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