The covers have been pulled back on the UK’s bedtime habits that lead to a good night’s sleep in the UK. In a survey of 2,048 UK adults for The Fine Bedding Company, one in five people cited what they choose to eat or drink before bed as their top ingredient for a good night’s sleep, with men three times more likely to choose an alcoholic drink than women, who prefer a milky bedtime beverage.

There is also a regional difference when it comes to booze before bed, with 27% in Scotland and the North and 27% in the Midlands and Wales opting for a tipple before lights out, compared to a comparatively sober 16% in London and the South. Alcoholic drinks were more than twice as popular as any other consumable food and drink option, however, topping the herbal beverage chart was Chamomile tea before bedtime.

But Brits don’t just rely on food or drink for a sound night’s slumber. The poll also found that almost 10% of the UK attributes exercise during the day or before bedtime as the recipe to sleep success, with a third of these including sexual activity as their soporific secret!

The traditional bedtime story came in the top three tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Reading to induce sleep is most popular, with the over 55’s and also women being twice as likely than men to read to help them drift off to sleep.

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