New UK Survey a Gold Mine of Sleep Factoids

New research from an organization in the U.K. is turning out to include a cornucopia of factoids about sleep.  The survey, by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), asked individuals at 14,000 households in Britain about their attitudes on slumber.  Here’s an overview of just the first evaluation of the data:

Men and women

  • Women are more likely to report problems getting to sleep within 30 minutes, 24 per cent on three or more nights a week, compared to 18 per cent of men
  • Problems getting to sleep on three or more nights per week are particularly high under age 25, then decline slightly for men with age, but increase with age for women
  • Half of men and women over age 65 report sleep maintenance problems on three or more nights a week, compared to under a fifth of men and a third of women under 25
  • More men than women report that snoring or coughing disturbs their sleep, 30 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women more than once a week
  • Women are more likely to negatively rate their sleep quality, 26 per cent compared to 20 per cent of men

Sleep medication

  • One in 10 people report taking sleeping medication on three or more nights a week (9 per cent of men and 10 per cent of women)
  • 25 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men over 85 report taking sleeping medication on three or more nights a week

Work and sleep

  • 14 per cent of respondents least satisfied with their jobs reported regularly sleeping for less than six hours per night, compared with only 8% of those most satisfied with work

There is a LOT more.  See all of the stats on the ESRC website.

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