Posted By The Bower Inn

Time to be a little less available...

If you're struggling with getting a decent night's sleep, then you're not the only one. We've become a nation of poor sleepers.

One of the most sensible things you can do is come away for a weekend or week-long break and be a little less available to everyone in the virtual world.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have devised a 'Slumber Number' and say 18-64-year-olds need an average of seven to nine hours a night.

Regular poor sleep is known to increase the risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as shortening life expectancy.

New recent research commissioned by the makers of Nytol, has revealed 40% of people claim they 'often feel tired'. This also comes at a time when we are seeing the UK's productivity lag way behind other economies, suggesting our nation's sleep habits may also be having a serious knock-on effect on the UK economy.

Half of those questioned in the research by Nytol are getting a maximum of six hours sleep a night. Further findings have shown that a third of people in full time work (32%) are losing sleep because they feel they have too many demands on their time, while 30% are kept awake by unfinished 'to do' lists and 11% by having too many emails in their inbox.

A quarter of young adults (aged 16-24) claim they are often going to bed later than planned because they are working late and a third (33%) stay up browsing the internet.

Sleep expert, Dr Neil Stanley says: "Many people are stuck in a vicious cycle. Poor sleep habits make people less productive in the workplace and when suffering with sleepiness, they often find it harder to make critical decisions. We then see people taking work home with them, sometimes working late into the night."

In our 'always available' culture, the impact of technology on sleep is becoming increasingly problematic. Some experts believe that blue light emitted from screens affects the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.

Almost a quarter (24%) of 16-24 year olds and a fifth (21%) of people aged 25-34 are browsing the internet and checking emails between 11pm-1am. Furthermore, 23% of young people go on social media and 26% browse the internet when they are having trouble sleeping.

We have great internet access here, but if you want to come and escape the virtual world you can. So just turn off your devices when you arrive, give your loved ones' details of where you're staying if they need you in an emergency and relax.

We're all about good old-fashioned comfort and service with all the mod-cons. Guests can benefit from our luxury B&B rooms and delicious food, but they can also read complementary books from our paperback swapping initiative. Or visitors can do some colouring in the bar and watch the world go by, stroke one of our resident dogs, go on walks on the windswept Quantocks and simply contemplate the views and even indulge in some mindfulness.

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