The Best Bedtime Routine – According To You!

We asked our Facebook fans to share their bedtime routine habits, and you answered in your hundreds!

Over 1,000 of our Facebook fans shared everything from, what they wear in bed, to the last thing they do before going to sleep, what side of the bed is best (right is right!) and what wakes you up in the morning.

We crunched the numbers to find most popular bedtime routine for the UK, and have shared the perfect formula with you below:

1. Sleeping on the right side of the bed.
2. Setting just one alarm to get up (no snooze button in sight!)
3. Wearing a matching pyjama set (definitely with no socks!)
4. The last thing before going to sleep is scrolling through your phone
5. Phone goes on the bedside table whilst you sleep

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True to the prim British stereotype, the most popular thing for the nation to wear to bed came out as a matching pyjama set (29%). The next best sleeping attire was mix-and-match pyjamas, and in third place, at the total opposite end of the spectrum, 20% of Brits said they sleep in the buff. One in ten Brits said they like to sleep in an oversized tee, and less than 10% say they wear underwear when they go to bed.

A massive majority of 71% were horrified at going to sleep with socks on, saying it would ‘make my feet feel trapped!’

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Is technology ruining our bedtime?

Technology is now par for course for British bedtime, with over a third of us typically scrolling through our phones before falling asleep. And if we’re not glued to our apps, then we’re opting to watch TV whilst we fall asleep instead (30%). Only 15% of us end up falling asleep whilst reading an actual book!

Some of the respondents to the quiz reminded us that mobile phone use before bed doesn’t purely have to be scrolling through Instagram, online shopping or watching YouTube. A few people said they used their phones to listen to audiobooks or help facilitate a few blissful minutes of meditation before falling asleep.

It seems Brits can’t be away from their phones though, whatever they are used for, with nearly 70% of us choosing to sleep with them on the bedside table beside us. One in twenty people even admitted that they sleep with their phone under their pillow. A couple of us are keen for a night-time detox however, but just 8% said they put their phone in another room at bedtime.

Which side of bed is best?

Everyone has a favourite side of the bed, and it’s pretty much split down the middle – luckily for those that share a bed! However, the right side of the bed had the slight edge as being the preferred choice (45% vs 40%). Roughly one in twenty of us however is guilty of being a cheeky bed hogger saying that the ‘side’ of the bed they like to sleep on is ‘the middle’!

Wake up calls

15% of Brits get woken up by other people, be it their partner or children, and a few of you revealed that your usually woken up by your pet pooch. However, again the vast majority of us use our phone as an alarm with half of us setting just one alarm and getting up when that went off. One in five said they intentionally set 10 alarms and then ‘snooze’ them all!

Tips for a good night’s sleep

Bedtime routine is getting more and more attention as an important part of self-care; Bupa shared nine mental and physical benefits of a good night sleep including everything from improving your concentration to helping you maintain a healthy weight and even keeping your immune system strong.

Pour Moi have scoured the web (but not at bedtime on our phones!) to find three of the best bits of advice out there on creating a bedtime routine that works for you:

  • Keep it regular: According to the NHS this is one of the best ways to help your bed time routine. Schedule the same amount of sleeping time each night – even at weekends! Don’t scrape by on less sleep in the week and try and catch up at weekends, keep your sleeping times the same whatever day of the week to get your body in a regular pattern.
  • The perfect habitat: The Sleeping Council recommend some bedroom tips from colours to smells in order to make your bedtime routine as nice and restful as possible. The temperature should be around 16-18° C (60-65° F), you should keep the space neat and tidy so you’re not distracted or feeling cluttered when you fall asleep and there should be nice touches such as photos of friends, families, sentimental ornaments and plants to help soothe and relax you.
  • Only use the bedroom for sleeping: If you don’t sleep well at night, your brain can start associating your bedroom with frustration, sleeplessness and anxiety. Harvard Medical School say you can recondition your brain to associate the bedroom with sleeping by only going to your bed when you’re really sleepy. If you wake up in the night and can’t fall back to sleep, move rooms and only return to your bedroom when you’re feeling tired again.

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