National Bed Month – What type of riser are you?

May 2, 2014

I love my sleep, generally speaking I am a tired person always looking for the next opportunity to get back into bed and take a snooze. Sleeping however doesn’t always come easily to me, I often suffer with bouts of insomnia. The funny thing about insomnia is that I can be so tired that I could nod off in front of the TV but as soon as I get into bed one hundred and one things suddenly enter my head and I can’t sleep for fretting about all things on my mind.

I’ve tired to improve my insomnia by changing my bedtime routine, many by switching off my computer, and chilling in front of the TV with Mr Boo for at least an hour before bed. I have found in the past that if I am still thinking about what I need to finish on here, an email that I didn’t answer or whatever has happened on social media it’s because I haven’t had long enough to switch off before bed.

A good night’s sleep is important to not only me but everyone, especially when you think about how much we try and cram into our mornings before we even head out the day.

The survey carried out for National Bed Month by the UK’s leading bed manufacturer Silentnight also reveals how smartphones and other technology are now a more important part of people’s morning routine than reading the newspaper, ironing work clothes or getting ready in front of the mirror.

2050 adults were asked what they did and didn’t have time to do when they got out of bed.

More than half of those polled (51 per cent) check emails, 48 per cent use the internet and 47 per cent watch TV.

In contrast, almost a third of people (32 per cent) admitted they were too busy in the morning to have a shave or put on make up, while almost a fifth (18 per cent) went without breakfast. Less than a third (32 per cent) get extra sleep, a quarter (25%) read a newspaper and 19 per cent iron their clothes. Less than half of people (43 per cent) said they had time to be with their family and 18 per cent to get their children ready. But a third (33%) make time to use social media such as Facebook or Twitter.

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The research revealed that when it comes to mornings, the UK can be split into four types of personas…

Robotic Risers’ (41 per cent) prefer to get up at the same time each day and stick to the same morning routine, while ‘Serial Snoozers’ (18 per cent) are slow risers who maximise their time in bed and ‘Opportunistic Nappers’ (13 per cent) get up early and on time but often rush out feeling exhausted and grab naps when they can during the day. Just 4 per cent of Britons are ‘Energetic Early Birds’ who get out of bed early and exercise before eating a healthy breakfast.

London has more ‘Robotic Risers’ than than rest of the country and Northern Ireland the highest number of ‘Serial Snoozers’. Whilst the South-East has the most ‘Opportunistic Nappers’ and Scotland the most ‘Energetic Early Birds’.

This is me…

[box] The Opportunistic Napper – The opportunistic napper will get up early and on time, yet they are often exhausted and regularly nap during the day. They leave little time for the morning routine and will wear clothes found un-ironed due to the last minute rush. They are often commuters, exhausted by work, so use public transport to get those valuable few minutes sleep or an exhausted parent with young children ensuring they nap whenever the child does. The opportunistic napper is less likely to sleep throughout the night and be restless throughout the day.[/box]

Like most parents getting the children their breakfasts, ready for school and out the door on time is much more important than grabbing their own breakfast. With the Warburtons hamper that I received to help celebrate National Bed Month I must admit to enjoying breakfast much more. My secret is to make that extra crumpet, slice of toast or pancake and eat as I go (not the best solution I know but at least I am eating).

What type of riser are you?

Disclosure: I received a National Bed Month and Warburtons hamper FOC to share my sleeping and rising habits with you all.


  • Carolin May 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I think I need a whole new category. I wake up more tired than when I go to bed and try everything to stay in bed that little bit longer.

  • Paul Wilson May 3, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I’m sure The Pattern Police would be paying me a visit if I referred to my sleeping habits as a pattern.

  • @unpreparedmum May 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Ha I could sleep anywhere any time! I remember when my baby was about 10 weeks old and we went to visit my parents for the first time – my husband and me were in bed and I said “I miss sleeping” this sums up my experience of parenthood!!! I am definitely a serial snoozer 😉

  • Samantha R May 6, 2014 at 11:12 am

    im a cross between an Opportunistic Napper and a Serial Snoozer

  • Jayne T May 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I’m a Serial Snoozers, I always have to press the snooze button a few times.

  • Amy May 9, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I sometimes have trouble falling asleep but I can still sleep for a long time. My body clock is all over the place!

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