With Christmas just round the corner, many of us will be rearranging the house to share our homes with the imminently-arriving relatives over the next couple of weeks. For some, it’s a time of excitement and fun. For others, it’s downright exhausting.
A recent survey by Dreams revealed a shocking glimpse of the discomfort and inconvenience we may well be suffering this Christmas-time, despite the festive break traditionally being considered the period for respite and relaxation. See the infographic of the results below.
According to the study, we’re an accommodating nation, as many of us will be vacating our own beds to make way for family and friends. Some will be sleeping in the strangest of places and not getting very much rest at all. Overcrowding can also be a real problem at this time of year, with a fifth of us being forced to share a bed or bedroom with three or more people.
Skips, back seats of cars, inflatable boats and dog kennels have all become make-shift beds at Christmas, with cow sheds, and, appropriately, stables being amongst the quirkiest locations of all. While one in five of us has been forced to make do with a less than adequate sofa, one in 10 has ended up kipping on the floor. The really unlucky ones have resorted to the bath tub.
Alarmingly, when staying at other people’s houses, it seems we rarely get a good night’s sleep, with half of us complaining about lumpy pillows or an uncomfortable mattress – be it too hard or too soft. And the problem is not just restricted to the bed. Many of us lay awake due to other people’s snoring, strange creaking noises or excess light in the room, not to mention being put off by crumbs in the sheets and other such horrors.
Adding to the exhaustion, a third of us will be getting up between an unearthly 4.00 and 7.00am on Christmas Day, mainly woken by our excited kids. Thanks to this, our sleep-deprived nation is extremely prone to nodding off on the big day, with 13% admitting to passing out and missing the Queen’s Speech and many bypassing a TV special or movie they were looking forward to. Four per cent have even skipped Christmas dinner for forty winks!
Sadly, one in three of us have confessed to missing a magical Christmas moment, such as the children opening their presents, and 8% of us have had some kind of accident or mishap – all because we couldn’t keep our eyes open.
Our advice? To avoid Christmas Day disappointment, stay in your comfort zone as much as possible this week. Grab a nap where you can, and try to get to bed early on Christmas Eve, so you’re not playing catch-up on the big day itself. Get back to your own bed and normal routine as soon as possible, and try not to eat and drink too late into the evening, particularly avoiding chocolate and alcohol late at night. Here is an infographic on 7 sleep mistakes you don’t know you’re making. We wish you a relaxing Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
The full survey results can be viewed in the Dreams newsroom.
The research was carried out for Dreams by Opinion Matters between 03/12/2014 and 08/12/2014. A total of 2,013 UK adult (age 16+) respondents participated in the study.