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Octaspring Research / Revealed – Strangest and most wacky places people have slept

by on May 14, 2013 in Ireland, Laughter Spot, Laughter Spot, Lead story, London & South East, Midlands, Northern England, Research, Scotland, South West, Wales

Revealed: The Top 10 Strangest Sleeping Spots

To celebrate the end of this year’s National Bed Month, the innovative mattress brand, Octaspring, has commissioned a survey polling 3,000 UK residents, looking into the strangest and most wacky places people have slept.

Whilst many people know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, over a third of those surveyed (35%) admit to sleeping in a strange and uncomfortable place – perhaps reinforcing the fact that the majority of the UK (51%), struggle to get a good night’s sleep, thus, leaving the British notorious as a ‘nation of insomniacs’!*

Of those surveyed the 10 most popular places people tend to drop off include:

6.       On public transport (bus’/tubes/trains)

7.       In  night clubs

8.       While on the toilet

9.       While at work

10.   In the bath

11.   At the cinema

12.   While at the beach

13.   On the bathroom floor

14.   While in a meeting

15.   At the wheel of a car

Entertainingly, some of the stranger venues that the nation finds themselves sleeping in include:

1.       On a bale of hay

2.       In a skip

3.       In  a coal mine

4.       In a brothel

5.       While on a bouncy castle

6.       On a staircase

7.       While in an exam

8.       At a bank

9.       In a cemetery

10.   While at a football match

Interestingly, a higher percentage of men admit to having slept in a strange place, when compared to woman – 40% and 31% respectively – perhaps indicating that women feel their home comforts are too nice to give up.  Surprisingly, over a third (36%) of those aged 35 – 44 also admit to living life on the edge, and falling asleep in less conventional places.

When broken down regionally, the top 3 areas for unconventional sleeping are Northern Ireland (40%), the North West (39%) and Scotland (39%). However, when looking at specific cities, the top 3 places revealed to lead the rogue sleeping trend are Glasgow (43%), York (43%) and Liverpool (41%).

John Bramm, Managing Director at Dormeo Octaspring comments: “While some of the answers in the survey are obviously down to evening hi-jinks, we were really shocked at the amount of people struggling to stay awake during the day. Some of the strange places are of course very amusing, but others are actually really worrying, such as at work, or worse, while at the wheel.

This underpins what we’re trying to do at Octaspring. Our mission is to bring people the very best sleep they can possibly get. Very few people make the connection between mattress quality and sleep quality, and how it impacts their ability to live life to the full, rather than constantly being on the edge of a snooze. That person asleep in public – it could be you!”


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