Just a few general fascinating facts out there on sleep and beds!


It has been predicted that 45% of all adults snore occasionally, and 25% habitually snore


The loudest snore recorded was 93 decibels – almost two thirds of the noise of a Boeing 747 taking off. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the loudest recorded snore measured 87.5 decibels


Did you know that Vincent Van Gough, Napolean Bonaparte, Catherine the Great, Judy Garland, Charles Dickens, Marilyn Monroe and Groucho Marx were all insomniacs


One third of the population dream every night while 64% said they had more than one dream a night. (Boots’ Sleep Survey)


You spend one third of your life on your mattress


The wealthy Egyptians in the times of the Pharaohs were the first to raise their beds from the ground


In Tudor times the four poster bed was introduced with a canopy to protect the bed’s occupants from falling plaster and bugs


The best way to solve a problem is to sleep on it – very true as scientists found that sleep helps us to extract ‘rules’ from our experiences and lets us solve problems the following day


Sister Sharon Stringer and nurse Michelle Benkel from the Royal Masonic Hospital, London have the record for making a bed in pairs – 14 secs!


More than one in three people admit to ‘throwing a sicky’ – often to spend extra time in bed (Sleep Council 'Bed Time’ survey, October 2010)


Mondays the toughest day for people to tear themselves away from the might of their mattress (Sleep Council 'Mattress Monday' survey October 2010)


More than one in five people admit to falling asleep at work, costing businesses £20 million a year (Study by Horlicks; Daily Star 20 Nov 2003)


Albert Einstein is said to have felt his daily naps refreshed his mind and made him more creative


If you live to be 70 you will sleep for around 200,000 hours (Dewsbury Press, 18/03/05)


In recent years, lack of sleep has been a contributing factor in the Selby rail crash in which 10 people died in 2001, the Exxon Valdex oil spill in 1989 and the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster in which seven astronauts were killed.


Smokers can take up to an hour to go to sleep, compared with non-smokers who drop off within five to 15 minutes


January is the most sleepless month of the year and 3am is the ‘anxiety’ hour when you are most likely to be awake (Dr Chris Idzikowski study, Edinburgh Sleep Clinic, 2007)


In China, it is believed that positive energy originates from the left hand side so you should always get up on the left. Chinese principles of Feng Shui associate family, health, money and knowledge with the left and directing positive energy to these areas of your life starts when you get up in the morning.


Britons are among the grumpiest in Europe when they wake up in a morning.


Workers being deprived of sleep costs the UK economy an estimated £1.6bn a year or £280 for each worker  (BUPA survey, 2010)


During sleep you burn off calories at roughly 60 per hour, compared with 75 per hour sitting quietly!



Information supplied with the help of the National Bed Federation and The Sleep Council


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