Half of us have used technology to help us get to sleep

New research into Britons’ sleeping habits reveal that the UK is embracing technology in a bid to get the perfect night sleep. 

A survey of 1,105 UK adults carried out by interiors etailer Furniture123.co.uk found that 51% of the UK population has used technology-based sleep-aids. And Almost 1 in 3 (31%) said they use them every night.

Sleep tracking apps available on Android and IOS, such as Sleep Cycle, are the most commonly used sleep-support technologies, with 43% claiming to have used these.

Other gadgets Brits are using to optimise their sleeping patterns include wearable sleep trackers (36%), specialist lighting to aid a smooth transition in and out of sleep such as a wake-up light or sad lamp (23%), and noise-based technology such as white noise devices or headphones designed to make falling asleep to sound more comfortable (18%).

Many sleep deprived Britons are also turning to other, more natural methods of getting a better night’s sleep.

Holistic therapies such as pillow or pulse point sprays are also a popular choice (16%), while almost 1 in 10 (8%) UK adults meditate before bed to get a better night’s sleep.

Says Mark Kelly, marketing manager at Furniture123.co.uk:

“Recent research found that the average adult gets just 6.8 hours of sleep per night, so it’s perhaps not surprising that so many Britons are looking to improve the quality of their sleep. What is surprising is the number of UK adults who are investing in technology in order to do so.”

“Technology is often considered a no-no in the bedroom and we’re constantly being told that using technology before bed can cause more harm than good, but these purpose-designed technologies and gadgets can actually help you better understand and optimise your sleeping patterns.

“There are also a number of gadgets available now that can be used to make the bedroom environment more suitable for sleeping in.”

March is National Bed Month with next week (11/03-17/03) marking National Sleep Awareness Week in the UK.

For more information, visit www.furniture123.co.uk.

Chris Price