Worries over Brexit are keeping many awake at night, according to new research from Sealy UK. The study, which questioned 1000 people from across the country, was commissioned following Brexit, and reveals that 21% have since experienced disturbed sleep as a result of worries over job security, fears over economic uncertainty (19%) and the threat of impending recession (14%).
Meanwhile, July’s above-average temperatures also wrecked havoc on sleep quality, with more than half of people (62%) struggling to sleep as a result of the recent heatwave.
In response, Sealy has launched the largest worldwide sleep study in history, to help it comprehensively understand the impact major events can play on our sleep quality, as well to benchmark how well we are sleeping as a nation in comparison to the rest of the world.
Run in conjunction with Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit, participants in Australia, South Africa, China and South Korea are already involved. Sealy is now calling for Brits to head online and have their say.
Neil Robinson, sales and marketing director at Sealy, says: “We’re very excited to be conducting the census in association with Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit and our partners across the globe. Sleep is clearly an issue for many following the stresses caused by Brexit, and as such, the study will provide invaluable insights into sleep which will inform both our product development and the work of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit.
“This forms an important part of Sealy’s ongoing commitment to research and innovation in the sleep arena and it’s fantastic to be the country driving the study forward. We hope people across the UK will take the time out to complete the study for us.”
Professor Kevin Morgan from the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University adds: “Our mission here at the CSRU is to improve the understanding of evidence-based management of insomnia and chronic sleep disturbance through applied research, knowledge transfer and professional training. The Sealy Sleep Census fits perfectly within this. We’re pleased to be involved with the study and we’re looking forward to seeing the results, and identifying trends across the globe. This is certainly a groundbreaking project.”
The study takes around 10 to 15 minutes to complete and can be found here.
Cumbrian bed company teams up with Age UK and Eden Flood Volunteers to help those affected by floods in the region
Cumbrian bed manufacturer, Sealy UK is spearheading a campaign to support residents affected by the devastation of the region’s recent flooding – teaming up with local organisations, Age UK and Eden Flood Volunteers.
Following its involvement with the immediate relief efforts when flooding hit the region back in December 2015 providing much-needed supplies, Sealy is now helping residents as they prepare to return to their homes.
The company has made a donation of bed frames and mattresses, worth up to £40,000*, to the two organisations, which will each allocate the items to residents in the community who desperately need them. Sealy is also urging other local businesses and furniture manufacturers to follow suit and pledge their support to those affected in the region.
Neil Robinson, Sealy’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We’re a Cumbrian company, based in Aspatria and the flooding appeal is very close to our hearts. Many Sealy colleagues and their friends and family members have been directly affected by the terrible weather conditions we experienced not only in December last year, but on several subsequent occasions, the results of which have been absolutely devastating each time.
“We’ve supported the efforts in any way we can, with a donation to the community foundation, providing supplies and catering for rescue teams and now, teaming up with Age UK and Eden Flood Volunteers, to help residents return to homes. These organisations help those in need in the community every single day and we’re incredibly pleased to be able to support them with their efforts.
“We are aware how many others have been playing their part when it comes to this important cause, and we would absolutely love to see businesses in our community continuing the great work to help those affected to get their houses back in order.”
Joan Bailey, Information and Advice Supervisor at Age UK Carlisle, said: “During our work with the community we’ve experienced first-hand some of the damage caused by December’s floods. It is incredibly disruptive, especially to elderly residents who may spend a lot of time in their homes and rely on the support of others to get these homes repaired.
“The flooding didn’t only impact on the ground floor of the houses affected, but the resulting damp has damaged rooms and furniture on the higher levels too; the mattresses will therefore be absolutely vital. We’d like to thank Sealy for its kind donation from us here at Age UK and the community members these items will go to.”
Alan Bennett at Eden Flood Volunteers, said: “We are extremely grateful for Sealy’s generous offer of support during what has been a very difficult time for the community. It’s fantastic to see a local organisation really caring about the residents in the region and the mattresses will go a long way to helping people return to their homes.”
*Total donation value from Sealy UK will be a maximum of £40,000 (RRP), though may be less, depending on the value of specific mattresses and bases selected by recipients.