Trouble sleeping?: The 50 best ways to nod off


A DARK room, the sound of rain – and a game of cricket are most likely to send Brits to sleep, a study has found.

The poll of 2,000 adults, commissioned by bedding giant Slumberdown, revealed the top 50 things most likely to send us to the land of nod include a hot bath, the sound of your children reading to you, luxury bedding and work meetings.

A ticking clock, a long game of Monopoly and perhaps controversially, watching a Star Wars film also feature in the list.

It also emerged 87 per cent of Brits have nights where they struggle to get to sleep, with three quarters admitting they wish they got more shut-eye than they currently do.

Top 50 things most likely to send you to sleep:

1. A dark room

2. A freshly made bed

3. Luxury bedding

4. Reading a book

5. A large meal

6. A cuddle

7. A hot bath

8. A fleecy blanket

9. A hot water bottle

10. The sound of a TV show in the background

11. The sound of rain

12. Your hair/arm/back being stroked

13. Watching a long film

14. A warm office

15. Sitting on a train

16. Sitting in a car

17. Smell of lavender

18. Work meetings

19. A ticking clock

20. A cat purring

21. Political party broadcasts

22. Classic music

23. Cricket

24. Powerpoint presentations

25. Reality TV

26. A burning candle

27. Golf

28. Camomile tea

29. Snooker

30. Herbal tea

31. A Star Wars film

32. Formula One

33. College or university lectures

34. An episode of Downton Abbey

35. Match of the Day

36. Question Time

37. A long game of Monopoly

38. The shipping forecast on Radio 4

39. Shopping channels

40. The Antiques Roadshow

41. A Lord of the Rings film

42. Revising for an exam

43. Prime Minister’s Questions

44. Horse racing on the TV

45. Final Score/Soccer Saturday (Football results programmes)

46. Whale music

47. Newsnight

48. Reading with a child/listening to a child read

49. Incense

50. Writing an essay

Slumberdown’s sleep expert, Sammy Margo, said: “It’s interesting how many fun and unusual things made the list, a cat purring and a ticking clock are certainly new to me, but I can understand how these sounds could be soothing for some people.

“The thing that stood out for me was how the top three things most likely to send us Brits to sleep all revolve around the bedroom itself. A dark room, a freshly made bed and luxury bedding are all things I would recommend to help create that sleep zone which becomes your night time sanctuary.”

A dark room came top of the list of things which send us to sleep, followed by freshly made, or luxury bedding, reading a book and a large meal.

A nice cuddle came sixth, with a hot bath, a fleecy blanket, hot water bottle and the sound of the TV on in the background completing the top ten.

A long film, travelling in a car or on a train and the sound of a cat purring also featured within the top twenty.

Sport didn’t fare so well with cricket (23), golf (27), snooker (29) and Formula 1 (32) all featuring within the top 50.

Match of the Day (35), watching the horse-racing (44) and football results shows such as Final Score (45) also result in many feeling sleepy.

Worryingly for bosses though, employees could be feeling more sleepy than productive during working hours with warm offices (14), meetings (18) and Powerpoint presentations (24) on the list.

Camomile and herbal tea, Question Time, shopping channels and The Antiques Roadshow also leave Brits feeling slightly sleepy.

The study also found that while a lucky 11 per cent find it easy to fall asleep, and can sleep anywhere, more than a third finds it difficult to nod off. With the average adult getting gets less than seven hours of sleep a night – an hour off the recommended eight hours.

For half of Brits, a lack of sleep has resulted in more than just feeling tired for the day with 28 per cent saying it has led to rows with their partner, while another 20 per cent have made a mistake at work.

Others admitted tiredness led to rows with their children or work colleagues, falling asleep at work or even an accident of some kind.

Sammy Margo continued: “It is rather worrying that a third of us wish we could get more sleep then we currently do. At this time of year many of us are struggling to get a good night’s sleep because of the dark mornings and short days.

“One of the most important items that can aid a restful night’s sleep is good quality bedding, so for 2016 review your sheets, duvet, mattress and pillows for a better night’s sleep.

“There are also a range of snooze foods which contain high levels of Tryptophan which will help to promote a good night’s sleep. They include bananas which is practically a ‘sleeping pill in a peel’, turkey, almonds, oats, marmite type substances, dairy products and soya products.

“Finally try to sleep in complete darkness. Even a tiny bit of light in your room can disrupt your sleep rhythm and the release of your sleepy hormone melatonin.”

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