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The Sleep Problem: More than 1 in 3 people suffer from poor sleep

The Sleep Problem: More than 1 in 3 people suffer from poor sleep

Poor sleep affects your physical and mental wellbeing, your energy, resilience, your ability to think clearly and function effectively at home or work, and it can increase your risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. 

We understand the 'The Sleep Problem' - our survey of 1,503 people shows shows the scale of the issue.  

More than 1 in 3 of us (37%) have sleep issues, saying we often struggle to sleep or are insomniacs. Just 1 in 5 of us say we have no issues sleeping. 

At DR.VEGAN® we’re passionate about simplifying nutrition, helping you understand your diet and make healthier choices.  Our range of vegan supplements cater for all diets and a range of health goals, including vitamins for sleep.  

Does exercise affect sleep?

We all know exercise is important for our general health and wellbeing, and our research shows it's just as important for sleep. 

People who do no exercise each week are significantly more likely to suffer from poor sleep compared to those who exercise 2-5 hours a week or more. 

Exercise isn't always a cure for a good nights sleep - our research shows more than 30% of us suffer from poor sleep even when we do more than 5 hours of exercise a week. 

What it does show however is poor sleep is much more common among those who do no exercise.  

Can diet affect sleep?

Our research shows poor sleep is less common among people who have adjusted their diet from a general 'eat everything' diet.

We defined an 'Adjusted Diet' as anyone who said they follow a flexitarian (plant-based with occasional inclusion of meat), pescatarian (plant-based and fish, but not meat), vegetarian or vegan diet. 

Read our blog on the best foods and vitamins for sleep.

Again, however, the research shows that changes to diet on its own doesn't solve the sleep problem. 

Sleep and stress

Alarmingly, more than 4 in 10 people describe their stress levels as high or overwhelming, and only 1 in 10 describe themselves as stress free.  These are staggering statistics and reinforce the attention needed on mental health. 

While it's easier said than done, managing our stress really does help improve our sleep, and vice versa.  

Our research shows poor sleep is twice as common among people with high levels of stress than those who describe their stress as manageable. 

Does age affect sleep?

Poor sleep consistently affects 3 in 10 of us between the age of 18 and 44.  However, once we reach 45, poor sleep affects more than 4 in 10 of us. 

Changes in our hormones as we age, particularly among women during the menopause, lifestyle and family demands contribute to a likelihood of suffering poor sleep. 

Conclusion

There is no single winning ingredient to a great night's sleep, or conversely it is unlikely just one thing will cause regular poor sleep. 

However the research shows common factors among those who don't experience any problems with poor sleep:

  • 8 out of 10 do at least 1-2 hours of exercise each week. 
  • 7 out of 10 describe their stress levels as manageable or better. 
  • 6 out of 10 are on a flexitarian, pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan diet. 

To learn how your diet can help support a good night's sleep, read our short article: 'Foods & nutrients that can help and hinder sleep'.  

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