Time for Sleep Survey Results – How Do You Compare?

This year we conducted our biggest ever survey to find out exactly how well the nation is sleeping. We hoped to find out the secret to good sleeping habits, and we weren’t disappointed!

Below, you’ll find the highlights of the results from all 1,153 respondents – to view the complete statistical data, click here. For bonus insights on what it takes to be an ‘excellent’ sleeper or ‘get enough sleep’, visit our follow-up article here.

If you’d like to use any of the data, please make sure to mention us with a link back to our website: www.linenslimited.co.uk.

Result Highlights


  • 1,153 responses
  • Gender: 82.5% female, 16.7% male, 0.9% were ‘other’
  • Marital status: 54.2% married or in a civil partnership, 20.6% in a relationship and 18% single
  • Living arrangements: 37.2% live with a partner, 33.2% live with a partner and child(ren) and 12.8% live alone
  • Employment: 37.4% employed full time, 17.4% employed part time, 13.3% retired and 10.8% homemaker/stay-at-home parent

Bedroom Environment

  • The majority – 63.1% – share their bed with a partner and 28.5% sleep alone
  • The most popular bed sizes were double (45.7%), followed by king-sized (36.1%) and super king (7.7%)
  • There was almost a 50/50 split for people who change their duvets seasonally – 51.5% change their duvets in summer and winter, 48.1% don’t
  • Two-fifths of people (41%) use blackout curtains in their bedrooms

Quality and Quantity of Sleep

  • When asked about their quality of sleep, the most popular response is ‘good’ 41.2%, followed by ‘neither good nor bad’ (30.2%), and ‘bad’ (23.4%). Just 5.2% have ‘excellent’ sleep
  • When asked about the amount of sleep they get, most people would like more sleep – 60.1%, compared to 37.4% who ‘get enough’
  • During the week, Monday to Friday, 31.6% of people get seven hours, 27.4% get six hours, and 20.1% get eight hours
  • People got more sleep over the weekend, with 30.2% getting eight hours, 25.3% getting seven hours, and 18% getting six hours.

Sleep Habits

  • 55.7% use a phone while in bed, 17.2% use a tablet, 8.5% use a laptop and 35.2% don’t use any device
  • The majority (54.7%) only take a nap at least once or twice a year. One-fifth (20.4%) nap once or twice a week, 15.7% nap one or twice a month and 6.3% nap every day.
  • Most people (59.8%) don’t watch TV, films or videos in bed
  • We’re a nation of book readers – 63.7% read in bed compared to 36.3% who don’t. People preferred reading an actual book (36.7%) than on an electronic device (15.8%) or e-reader (11.1%)
  • A small minority play video games in bed – 10.7% versus 89.3% who don’t


  • Only 26.6% go to sleep at the same time every night. 28.2% go to sleep the same time every weeknight and a different time at the weekend, and 44.4% change their bedtime every night
  • Between Monday and Friday, 11pm was the most popular bedtime (19.2%), followed by 10.30pm (15.7%) and midnight (13.8%)
  • Over the weekend, people go to bed later. Midnight was the most popular time (18%), followed by 11pm (16.7%) and 11.30pm (16.6%)

Rise and Shine

  • Nearly a third (31.3%) wake up at the same time every night, 30.7% wake up at the same time every weekday and a different time at the weekend, and 37.2% change the time every day
  • Between Monday and Friday, the most popular time to wake up (21.1%) was 7am
  • During the week, people were most likely to report feeling ‘groggy’ (27.8%), ‘tired’ (21.8%) or ‘awake’ (11.5%) when waking up
  • On the weekend the most popular time to wake up was 8am (16.4%), followed by 9am (13.5%) and 7am (12.9%)
  • On weekends, people reported waking up feeling ‘groggy’ (19.5%), ‘tired’ (18.2%), ‘rested’ (15.3%) or ‘awake’ (12.4%)

Want to improve your quality of sleep? Visit our guide to getting a great night’s sleep or check out our duvet guide or our pillow guide – let nothing hinder you from a good night’s sleep.

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