Talking to imaginary pets, crying in the supermarket because they sold out of yoghurt and getting in the shower fully clothed are among some of the strangest things people have done when sleep deprived, according to a new poll carried out by natural health company BetterYou.
The survey of 358 people from across the UK found that poor quality of sleep was a common problem, with more than half (53%) claiming they struggled to nod off.
It also revealed that more than 60% of people take longer than 30 minutes to fall to sleep.
Almost all (95%) respondents said they have felt sleep deprived at some point in their lives. Of these, nearly one in four said they feel sleep deprived every day.
According to the poll, between three and six o’clock in the afternoon is when people feel the most tired, with 7% of people confessing to falling asleep in the workplace.
Binge-eating, being forgetful and hallucinating were common behaviours experienced when sleep deprived, with 14% of people putting strange household items in the fridge, including keys and kettles.
The survey asked how people would spend an extra hour in the day and 43% said they would spend it asleep or relaxing. Reading and exercising were also popular responses.
According to Better You, poor sleep can have a significant impact on both mental and physical health and drowsiness, stress, poor short-term memory and weight gain are all common indicators of this.
Magnesium deficiency can be one of the main factors affecting the quality of sleep we are able to achieve.
BetterYou founder and managing director Andrew Thomas said: “The body needs magnesium to maintain a state of complete rest. Low levels of this essential mineral can lead to restless muscles that keep us awake at night.
“It’s a known fact that we don’t get enough magnesium from our daily diet. Seven in 10 of us suffer from low levels so supplementation has become a necessity for modern lifestyles.”
BetterYou has developed a new Magnesium Sleep Mineral Lotion, which is a fast-acting natural remedy, clinically proven to provide a better night’s sleep.