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New research predicts a ‘low’ in sleep this February

As the UK eases itself into 2013, the newest results from Sleepio's Great British Sleep Survey suggest that we are on the brink of a post New Year’s ‘sleep dip’.

The survey of over 21,000 UK adults predicts that February will be the worst for sleep until the winter months hit later this year. Key findings suggest that:

+ We will spend an average of 8 minutes longer trying to get to sleep, alongside a further 10 minutes awake during the night than we will in March [1].
+ Almost ⅓ more people will suffer from low energy in February than in March [2].
+ Women are particularly affected, experiencing sleep quality 7% worse in February than their average for the rest of the year (versus a 5% dip for men).

It’s not all bad news however. The survey, commissioned by clinically-proven sleep improvement programme, suggests that we should see a boost in our sleep in March, with a 14% increase in the nation’s average Sleep Score, an overall measure of sleep quality [3], and a 26% fall in those who felt frustrated due to their sleep [4].

Sleep expert and co-founder of Sleepio, Professor Colin Espie said:
“These results demonstrate the difficulty many people experience with sleep during the shorter, darker days typical of this time of the year. It is unsurprising that women are affected slightly more than men - this reflects the general higher prevalence of sleep problems amongst the female population. With poor quality of sleep affecting all aspects of our lives - from relationships to energy and productivity at work - the potential impact of this shouldn’t be underestimated. This highlights once again the need for evidence-based non-drug sleep improvement solutions such as”.

Sleepio is a clinically-proven online sleep improvement programme, featuring personalised CBT techniques, with 12 weeks access available for £49.99.

For case studies, interviews with Professor Espie or more information please contact Rosie Gollancz - / +44 (0) 7814 978 054

Notes to editors:

Launched in March 2010, the Great British Sleep Survey is the broadest and deepest ever assessment of how the UK is sleeping. The ongoing survey, hosted on, gives us a unique insight into the things that are keeping Britain awake at night, and how such factors vary with age and geography. Importantly, it also tells us about the day-to-day consequences of the poor sleep that so many of us are living with nowadays.

Anyone can take part in the survey by visiting The questionnaire takes just 5-10 minutes to fill in and everyone who completes it gets a free personal sleep report, designed by world sleep expert Professor Colin Espie and tailored to their specific problems.

[1] The average time taken to get to sleep was 56 minutes and time awake at night 59 minutes for those completing the survey in February, versus 48 and 49 minutes respectively in March.
[2] Of those who completed the survey during the month of February, 68% complained of low energy, compared to those who completed the survey in March, 39% of whom complained of low energy - a 29% difference.
[3] The average Sleep Score of those completing the survey in the month of February was 4.8, compared to an average of 5.5 for those completing it in the month of March, an increase of 14%.
[4] Of those who completed the survey during the month of February, 26% reported feeling negative and 32% felt frustrated due to their sleep, compared to those who completed the survey in March, only 10% of whom reported feeling negative and 8% frustrated - differences of 16% and 26% respectively.

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