Average person gets six hours and 19 minutes of sleep a night

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July 13, 2018

Average person gets six hours and 19 minutes of sleep a night

According to a survey, the average Briton gets just six hours and 19 minutes sleep a night.

In today’s society, many of us hold busy lives and hectic work schedules. This leaves many of us feeling stressed and not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep.

The poll of 2,000 UK adults also found that the nation get their eight hours just twice a week, with 38% stating they never achieve that amount. The most common reasons for this are technology, a lack of exercise and eating late.

How to establish a regular and healthy sleep pattern

Establishing a regular and healthy sleep pattern is the same as learning to play a musical instrument, or how to drive a car. It requires repetition and commitment.

Whether you want to get eight hours in and fall asleep at ten, or six will suffice and you opt for a midnight bedtime – consistency is the key. Here are six useful tips that can help you establish a regular sleeping pattern:

  • Shut down electric gadgets
  • Don’t hit the snooze button
  • Don’t eat a big meal, or go to bed hungry
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Avoid caffeine within 6 hours of going to bed
  • Try to fall asleep and wake up at the same time on a repeated basis

Treat yourself to a nap

The Telegraph published research by Greek researchers which found that a ‘60 to 90 minute siesta can charge up the brain’s batteries as much as eight hours tucked up in bed.”

What’s more, the researchers found that napping could ‘reduce blood pressure and stave off heart attacks’.

So contrary to the conception that napping makes you lazy, it could, in fact, benefit your health.

On top of the research, there are plenty of examples of successful figures who incorporated napping into their day:

  • Thomas Edison – while the inventor only averaged around three to four hours of sleep each night, he took power-naps to balance out his schedule.
  • Leonardo da Vinci – the renaissance painter allegedly took 15-minute naps every four hours to recharge his creative focus.
  • Margaret Thatcher – the Iron Lady took an hour-long nap in the middle of each afternoon to sharpen her focus. This also balanced out the four hours of sleep she had each night.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger – even the man who won seven Mr Olympia titles and played The Terminator and Conan the Barbarian needs to recharge. He reportedly takes a peaceful nap in the middle of the afternoon.

Establishing a regular sleeping pattern is a solid step towards leading a healthy lifestyle.