The 2016 Sleep Survey

How does the nation sleep?

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We Surveyed 15,000 People

The 2016 UK Sleep Survey

Ever wondered whether your sleeping habits are normal? How the North sleeps compared to the South? Dreams have conducted a sleep survey of over 15,000 UK Adults to determine how the nation sleeps. We present the most interesting results from the survey.

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First up, here’s a breakdown of respondents to the survey by geographical area.

2/3 of the respondents are female. The age split has a slight weighting to 55+, compensated by a lower-than-average group of 18-24s.


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On average, UK residents spend 5 hours 5 minutes a week in bed either watching TV, watching a DVD/Film or working.

This average is stretched by the anomaly of people from the capital who spend 7 hours 43 minutes a week on these activities, a whole 2 hours 57 minutes more than the rest of the UK average (4 hours 45 minutes).

woman reading book in bed


Activities in Bed

We asked everyone how long they spent on each of a range of activities, grouping the results into activities using blue light and activities which don’t.

Blue light activities consist of using devices which emit blue light, for example a laptop, tablet, phone or TV. We can see that users spend on average 37 minutes 19 seconds more on blue light device activities a week than they do on non-blue light device in-bed activities.

  1. Watching TV | 62 mins 14 secs
  2. Reading a book | 54 mins 30 secs
  3. Browsing the web | 42 mins 59 secs
  4. Looking at social media | 38 mins 38 secs
  5. Talking to your partner | 36 mins 2 secs


Number of days between cleaning sheet


Reasons for struggling to sleep


Quality of Sleep

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