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Bed Habits: Sleep Loss Epidemic Hits Brits

One in ten Brits get less than four hours sleep per night

The nation is suffering from a ‘sleep-loss epidemic’ according to alarming new research* released to coincide with World Sleep Day (Friday 15th March).

According to the study, only four in ten (40 percent) of people get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night, with one in ten regularly getting less than four hours’ rest every time they go to bed. Stress keeps more than a third of us (40 percent) up at night, whilst a quarter (25 percent) think that discomfort is what leaves them needing to count sheep. 16 percent blame their spouses for their lack of sleep.

The survey, conducted by Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, also uncovered some ‘bed habits’ that could reveal the real reasons behind the nation’s insomnia.

Apart from sleeping, the most common activity we do in bed is watch television (28 percent), play on devices (26 percent) and have sex (17 percent). People aged 55 and above are the most likely to get the recommended number of hours’ sleep each night and are also the least likely to play on a device before bed, suggesting that screen-time can be linked to a lack of sleep. Interestingly, people aged over 55 are also the only age group that are more likely to ‘get intimate’ than pick up their phones when they go to bed.

The findings have prompted Park Plaza® to launch the ‘Sleep Experience’ - an ongoing commitment to ensure that every hotel guest has a great night’s sleep. To compliment the relaxing amenities at Park Plaza London Riverbank, Park Plaza London Waterloo and Park Plaza Westminster London that ensure guests get the optimum night’s sleep – including luxurious memory foam mattresses, 400-thread count Egyptian cotton linen, swimming pools and spa facilities – the hotel brand has launched a special discounted rate on the Balinese Massage at the onsite Mandara Spas** on World Sleep Day (15th March 2019), which is known to help to improve the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular and nervous systems, leading to the rectification of sleep issues.

Sleep Easy: What Contributes to a Good Night’s Sleep -

1 - Landmarks (68%)

2 - Perfect pillows (52%)

3 - Cool temperature (40%)

4 - Luxurious mattress (39%)

5 - Complete silence (31%)

6 - Having a bedtime ritual (23%)

7 - Relaxing smells (19%)

8 - Pure linen (17%)

9 - White noise (5%)

The research also revealed that Londoners get the least amount of sleep, with over one in ten (13 percent) getting four hours or less every night. However, the Scots are the most likely to claim they they’re tired (26 percent) compared with less than a fifth (18 percent) of people from the North East and West Midlands. Those living in the East Midlands and Yorkshire fare better, with over half (52 percent) of residents managing to get the recommended amount of sleep every night, compared to only a third (32 percent) of people from Northern Ireland.

*Research completed with OnePoll in November 2018 with 2,000 respondents

**Mandara Spas are located at Park Plaza London Waterloo and Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London.

For further details, photographs, or visits, please contact Laura, Ben, Sarah or Rebecca on pphe@lucre.co.uk or call 020 8741 5900.

About Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts

Individual design, city centre locations and excellent meeting facilities are key features of the upscale and upper upscale Park Plaza® brand, making it ideal for both corporate and leisure guests. The hotels’ contemporary function spaces are flexible for conferences, exhibitions and private event use and are perfectly complemented by stylish guestrooms, vibrant restaurants and bars and a surprising, consistent service that is flawlessly delivered. The international brand has over 40 hotels in worldwide city centre locations including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin and London together with properties situated within beachside Croatian resorts. Guests and professional business partners can enhance their experience with Park Plaza® by participating in Radisson Rewards™, a global loyalty program offering exceptional benefits and rewards.

The Park Plaza® brand is part of the Radisson Hotel Group™ which also includes Radisson Collection™, Radisson®, Radisson RED®, Park Inn® by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson and prizeotel.


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