Half of UAE will quit social media to sleep more

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Half of UAE will quit social media to sleep more

Dubai - ...and 22% would give up their partner!

By Staff Report

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Published: Sun 18 Feb 2018, 7:11 PM

Last updated: Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10:37 AM

Most people in the UAE get an average of seven hours of sleep a night, yet we still yearn for more, according to a poll conducted by Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea.

Work stress, children and technology came out on top when people were asked why they were missing out on sleep. But the most revealing statistic showed that 48 per cent would give up social media for an extra hour in bed each day, with nearly one in four saying they would give up their own partner!

Technology features heavily in our sleep and bedroom habits -- half of the respondents admitted that they look at their phone before they speak to their partner in the morning, and on average 60 per cent will look at an electronic device within five minutes of waking up.

Vinod Jayan, managing director - Ikea UAE, Qatar, Egypt and Oman said, "Sleep is a very emotive subject, it's personal to all of us and something that we are very protective of. But with busy lives and technology always by our side, we can sometimes struggle to get the quality hours we need to wake up feeling refreshed and revived."

Despite getting the required amount of sleep each night, nearly half wake up in the night regularly. The poll also revealed that one in three believe they miss out on many hours of sleep and if they could, they would take back an equivalent of two and half weeks' worth of sleep a year. However, bedtime rituals vary greatly from person to person; from reading (17 per cent) to meditation (18 per cent) and music (14 per cent) to showering (6 per cent). However, nearly a third don't have any ritual to help them nod off.

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