Health risks due to excessive heating at bedtime
UK– SLUMBERDOWN, the leading bedding specialist in the UK, unveiled the results of their latest research. The study found that the majority of UK adults who use their heating all night to stay warm in bed suffer health problems as a result.
The survey revealed that almost half (46%) of those who sleep with the heating on wake up during the night. They also feel bad the next morning with more than a third (37%) suffering from a headache, 20% of those surveyed suffer from dry mouth or other dehydration problems while 18% are simply afflicted with a stuffy nose.
Up to 70% of respondents left their boilers on overnight. The result shows that a fifth (20%) admit to waking up from their sleep overheated and sweating. Almost a third (29%) reported having used their heating all night despite the fact that energy bills are one of the largest outlays in household spending.
In the British Isles, the lower average temperatures in the north may explain why the Scots are top of the tree in leaving their heating on all night (82%), 37% admit to feeling bad in the morning. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of people in the southeast admitted feeling chills at bedtime and slept with warmer than normal radiators compared to 63% of northerners. Northern Ireland does not seem to feel the cold at night with only 45% preferring to leave their heating on during their sleep, but more than two thirds of those who use it all night (36% of the people surveyed) do not feel good the next morning .
More than half of all respondents (51%) admit to not using warmer duvets better suited to the winter season. However, seven out of ten Britons (70%) said they would prefer to change their bedding for a winter warmer quilt rather than putting on the heater all night. 76% admit that this method helps them to sleep more comfortably and feel fresher in the morning.
Nearly two-thirds (63%) sleep without any ventilation equipment in their bedroom rendering it a stuffy and potentially uncomfortable sleeping environment. 28% find it more difficult to breathe in bed during the winter and a third (32%) struggle to get to get the correct room temperature.
Professor Jason Ellis, Slumberdown’s sleep expert, said “Our bodies do a great deal of work for us during sleep. As part of that process, our body temperature changes over the course of the night and we tend to cool down towards bedtime and then naturally warm up towards the morning.
“As such, we may go to bed warm and cosy but as the research shows, wake up hot and bothered. The key is being comfortable when going to bed and staying comfortable throughout the night.
The more comfortable you are the less likely you will wake during the night or too early in the morning.”
SLUMBERDOWN is a leading supplier of filled bedding products, including duvets, pillows and mattress protectors. To have a room ready for winter, SLUMBERDOWN offers warm winter collection including quilts, electric blankets and fleecy mattress protectors.