A recent sleep survey of more than 13,000 Australians conducted by Central Queensland University shows that the chance of getting a good night’s sleep is greater if you sleep alone.
Lead researcher Drew Dawson says 70% of respondents were regularly woken at night.
“Partners were more likely to be disruptive than pets, and particularly people reporting partners who snored and partners who got up to go to the toilet and, therefore, turned the lights on,” he says.
According to Dawson, a quarter of respondents said animals contribute to sleep disturbances, while 35% reported they are woken during the night by their partner snoring, going to the bathroom or answering phone calls or emails during the night.
Other findings from the online poll sponsored by Sealy:
- A whopping 96% of Aussies say they wake up tired.
- One-third of respondents have called into work sick because of a lack of sleep, and 38% have drifted off at their desks or during meetings.
- More than 70% of the population is affected by sleep disturbances.