Sleep's a nightmare for many Aussies

Alex Bramwell

TODAY is World Sleep Day, but you could be forgiven for greeting the news with a big yawn.

More than 90% of Australians get a bad night's sleep at least once a week, according to new survey results.

Research carried out for a new sleep formula found that 92% of Australians admit to having a bad night's sleep at least one or two nights a week.

More than 60% are so desperate for some shut-eye that they would choose a good eight hours of sleep over a night of passion with a lover.

A lack of quality sleeps seems to be the main problem.

More than half - 54% - said they woke up feeling tired, while 42% said they struggled to stay asleep, 32% had trouble getting to sleep and 28% said they woke up too early

Forty per cent of people said they got by on six hours or less of sleep every night.

Fifty-seven per cent of people said stress over work and finances caused their sleeplessness, while 19% blamed their partner's snoring.

Twenty-eight per cent - more likely men than women - turned to wine or spirits to help them sleep.

Twenty per cent used the time they were unable to sleep to update their Facebook status.

Fifty-seven per cent used coffee and energy drinks to fend off fatigue during the day, and 26% took lunchtime power naps.

Maroochydore's Neil Yates, 51, and his wife of 24 years, Christine, 46, are among the lucky minority of Australians who do not seem to have any trouble sleeping.

"I get a good five hours, and then I just lay there," said Mr Yates, who rises slightly earlier than his wife to fit in some exercise.

Mr Yates understood that many people were too uptight to sleep properly.

"If you've got stress, that throws you right out," he said.

Mr Yates said sleeping next to someone you love was the best way to go to sleep.

The sleep survey was conducted for Prosomnia, a new sleep formula from Bayer.

Topics:  sleep

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