Don't let sleep be a nightmare

Jennifer McClenahan, resting on one of the beds at Harvey Norman in the Red Hill Homemaker Centre, survives comfortably of six hours sleep a night.
Jennifer McClenahan, resting on one of the beds at Harvey Norman in the Red Hill Homemaker Centre, survives comfortably of six hours sleep a night. Sharyn O'Neill

GOING to bed is a nightmare for many - but not for Jennifer McClenahan.

Unlike more than 73% of participants in a National Slumber Survey who claim to be sleep-deprived, the Rockhampton girl survives comfortably on six hours of sleep each night.

Jennifer said sleeping for only six hours was a "family thing", with her brothers and mum having the same sleeping habits.

But the 23-year-old admitted her quality of sleep slipped when she was working three jobs and only slept an average of four hours daily.

Work worries were one of the main reasons Australians are kept awake, according to a survey of more than 2400 people by home furnishing chain IKEA.

It found stress levels, uncomfortable mattresses and, strangely enough, farting partners were turning the nation into a country of insomniacs.

One in 10 respondents claimed they felt like "death warmed up" when they woke each morning.

Bedding manager at Harvey Norman in the Red Hill Homemaker Centre, Joshua Hotz, said many people bought new mattresses because of sleep troubles.

He said one of the most important things to do when buying a new mattress was lay on it in the shop for 15 minutes to get an idea of how it feels.

Joshua added that good quality, comfortable pillows and the decor of a bedroom were very influential to people's sleeping habits.

"Neutral colours are good," he said. "And people say they don't like white. But white walls make you feel crisp and clean when you wake up."

IKEA spokeswoman Angela McCann said people should ignore high profile personalities like Kevin Rudd who profess to survive on just a few hours sleep.

"Whether it is a partner wriggling, noisy neighbours or our furry companions barking, research participants reported waking on average 2.3 times during the night - it's unsurprising only 1% of those surveyed claim to feel fantastic when they wake up," she said.



28% try a glass of wine or whisky to help them sleep

57% say stress over work and finances is driving their sleeplessness

19% blame their partners' snoring

57% have never sought advice for their sleep problems

Source: Prosomnia survey


Topics:  ikea sleep survey

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