One in two people do not sleep well and feel the negative impact during the day –

In celebration of World Sleep Day and trying to raise awareness of the importance of good sleep and its impact on our daily lives, Emma – The Sleep Company has carried out its own sleep study in three of its largest markets to better understand sleeping habits. and problems at bedtime.

The research, which took place in Germany, France and the UK, has revealed that less than half of those surveyed (47%) would rate their sleep as good or excellent, meaning that the majority of the population requires extra help to sleep well at night.

Although the causes vary, there seem to be three commonalities among the group of people with poor sleep: a third (37%) of those surveyed admitted that they have difficulty falling asleep quickly. Furthermore, half (52%) confessed that when they do finally sleep, they wake up often during the night. Finally, (51%) also admitted that anxiety is the factor that greatly affects their sleep.

While this is common in the fast-paced, “always on” lifestyle people are leading, sleep is just as important to health and well-being as a good diet and adequate physical activity. In fact, this is evident in Emma’s sleep study that she has looked at how daily life is affected by sleep deprivation:

A third (32%) of those surveyed agreed that their daily lives were affected by their sleep patterns, and one in five (18%) were unable to carry out their tasks normally after only a few hours of sleep. sleep. Surprisingly, more than half (55%) of those surveyed admitted to feeling sleepy when completing daily tasks at least once a week.

However, not only the ability to carry out day-to-day responsibilities is affected. Emotional resilience does, too: A quarter of people (24%) feel less in control of their emotions after a sleepless night, as well as feeling less able to make rational decisions (26%). Highlighting a vicious cycle, 18% of those surveyed admitted to experiencing anxiety after a sleepless night, which could then contribute to the same anxiety that people previously blamed as a factor affecting their sleep.

Delving deeper into Emma’s sleep study, the reasons why people struggle to get a good night’s sleep become more apparent as she begins to paint a picture of our bedtime habits. The vast majority (75%) of those surveyed admitted to not having rituals before sleeping, which could be key to creating a routine that tells our bodies it’s time to sleep.

It is certainly worrying that half of people spend their time before going to bed connected to their phones, tablets and watching television. And while it’s widely reported that creating a sanctuary in the bedroom and using it solely for sleep and sex can contribute to a better night’s sleep, a shocking 60% of the people Emma spoke with disagreed that their bedroom could considered “a real sanctuary” and a third (33%) admitted to doing other things in bed, such as studying or eating.

Verena Senn, Neurobiologist and Head of Sleep Research at Emma – The Sleep Company, explained why neglecting our sleep routines and continuing poor bedtime habits could be detrimental to our health: “Sleep plays a vital role to stay fit and healthy. When you sleep a lot you wake up being the best version of yourself, because you have given your mind and body the time it needs to recharge and wake up feeling refreshed”

And I advise to associate sleep as the source of recharging for a battery: “When the battery is fully charged, it has the positive energy necessary to perform at its best and that is the same thing that happens with us, when we are fully rested and recharged, we have positive energy and motivation to perform well in all areas of our lives.”

Even a good night’s sleep can be linked to career success and wealth. So, sleeping like any fundamental part of the routine deserves time, efforts and habits; Good sleep hygiene depends on the activities, energy and mood with which you face day to day.