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  • New Range Launch! 4th Generation HD Memory Foam Mattress Range

    Memory Foam Warehouse is proud to present our new 4th Generation HD Memory Foam Mattress Range: For Cooling Comfort throughout the night. This new 4G memory foam mattress will revolutionise your sleep with its innovation in foam technology. With this new range recently launched, we thought we’d share some more information on this amazing memory foam mattress and its benefits.

    4G Memory Foam Mattress

    Standard memory foam features a fully responsive design and offers a range of health benefits that promote a quality sleep. Memory foam moulds to the contours of your body, reacting to movement and body temperature and eliminating pressure points. However, due to the cell formation of memory foam and its absorption of body heat during the night, your sleeping environment can get a little warm. Whilst this can be alleviated with the use of a heat regulating Coolmax or Outlast mattress cover, a 4G HD Memory Foam Mattress provides a direct cooling solution in the advanced design of the foam.

    The unique open cell structure of 4G HD Memory Foam prevents the foam from compressing when bodyweight is applied. The ventilated structure creates a conductive pathway for body heat to pass through the mattress, creating a cooler sleeping environment. This is also enhanced by the gel particles infused in the memory foam, working with the aerated design to bring you cooling comfort all night long. The 4G design also reacts much faster to heat meaning the memory foam relaxes quickly in response to your body, reducing stiffness and creating a restful and comfortable sleep environment.

    All our 4th Generation HD Memory Foam Mattresses also include an antibacterial Adaptive Purotex mattress cover which works to combat common night time allergies. Purotex is an active probiotic which is woven in to the fabric to absorb mositure and eliminate dust mites so you can enjoy a healthy and restful sleep as well as experiencing superior comfort.

    4G Memory Foam Matress

    Why not see for yourself and enjoy a cooling, comforting night's sleep with a 4G HD Memory Foam Mattress today! As an introductory promotion we are offering £50 off each mattress in the 4G range including the 4G Deluxe, 4G Ultra and 4G Pocket. Enter voucher code '4GINTRO' at checkout to redeem. Terms and conditions apply.

  • Final Reductions in the Memory Foam Warehouse Winter Sale!

    Have you visited our amazing up to 70% off winter sale yet? Here at the Memory Foam Warehouse, we're now down to final reductions and have added new products to our winter sale. Why not treat yourself  to a replacement mattress cover with 10% off selected covers? Or how about a new children’s Z bed? Perfect for additional seating or sleepover guests!

    Final Reductions Winter Sale

    During the dark and cold winter months, we can’t be blamed for not wanting to get out of bed in the morning. Snooze button anyone?! So it’s important to get the deepest night’s sleep possible so you wake feeling rested and ready for the day ahead whatever the weather.  A memory foam mattress could help achieve this and here at the Memory Foam Warehouse we are offering a huge variety of mattresses and accessories at amazing prices in our winter sale. We've added new products and final reductions but hurry, sale ends soon!

    Whether you prefer the traditional feel of a pocket sprung mattress topped with a layer of luxurious memory foam or you need extra support for a bad back or joint pain, we have a memory foam mattress to suit your every need. Memory foam conforms to your natural alignment and evenly distributes your bodyweight helping to eliminate pressure points and alleviate joint and muscle pain ensuring the best night’s sleep possible!

    So whether you’re looking for a Coolmax which offers ultimate value, an Outlast with heat regulating properties or you want to try our new Vtech memory foam mattresses for a touch of luxury, we have the mattress for you at our lowest prices in our final reductions winter sale.

    At the Memory Foam Warehouse, we are passionate about ensuring our customer’s get a better night’s sleep for less. Have you purchased anything from our winter sale yet?

    Watch our latest TV advert here!

  • National Sleep In Day: Sunday 26th October 2014

    In the early hours of Sunday morning, whilst we are all sleeping peacefully, the clocks of Britain will move backwards by one hour. Now, this is not an opportunity to be wasted - the nation is only treated to an extra hour in bed once a year! To ensure that your Sunday morning slumber is a total dream, we have compiled a list of top tips to help you create the perfect sleep in conditions ...

    1. Alarm-Free Zone

    There is only one thing worse than being rudely awoken by the dreaded sound of your weekday alarm on National Sleep In Day ... being rudely awoken by your partner's alarm! So before you hit the pillow on Saturday night, ensure that all mobile phones and alarm clocks have been disabled.

    2. Blackout!

    In preparation for National Sleep In Day, take extra care when closing your curtains. You want to ensure that every single beam of early morning light is kept outside, allowing your sleep in to pass undisturbed.

    3. Mattress

    At Memory Foam Warehouse we understand the crucial difference a good mattresses makes to the quality of your sleep. If you find your current mattress uncomfortable and unsupportive, your chances of a luxurious sleep in are very slim! Our memory foam mattresses provide full body support, pressure relief and luxurious comfort. Now that sounds like the perfect recipe for a lie in!

    4. Temperature Control

    The optimal room temperature for a good night's sleep is between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius. Most people don't sleep with a  thermometer on their bedside table, so simply ensure that your bedroom is well ventilated and that the tog of your duvet is suitable for the current season. In addition, our products come with the option of two SMART fabric covers, Coolmax or Outlast,  which work to regulate your body temperature throughout the night.

    5. No Alcohol

    Alcohol may help you to drift off initially, however it is definitely not a sleep aid. Alcoholic drinks play havoc with your sleeping pattern during the night, often disturbing your slumber due to dehydration. So, to make the very most of National Sleep In Day stick to soft drinks the night before.

    From all of us at Memory Foam Warehouse, happy National Sleep In Day!

  • #Wakeupcall for UNICEF's Emergency Syria Fund!

    People across the world are uploading their #wakeupcall selfies to Twitter and Facebook to raise money for UNICEF's Emergency Syria Fund.

    Stars including Jemima Khan, Jeremy Clarkson and Stephen Fry have joined the movement, sharing snaps of their sleepy morning faces on social media sites with the caption #wakeupcall.

    The devastating Syrian conflict, which has been raging on for three years now, has left 6.5 million children orphaned, injured and mentally scarred. This year UNICEF has already vaccinated over 2.8 million Syrian children against polio, whilst also offering psychological support. However, there are still millions of affected children who need to be helped.

    It is hoped that the #wakeupcall craze will raise both funds and awareness for the Syrian children, therefore allowing UNICEF to expand their work.

    To get involved, have your phone at the ready when you wake up tomorrow morning. Upload your #wakeupcall selfie, donate to the emergency appeal at  www.wakeupcall.org.uk and encourage your friends and family to do the same!

  • The National Mattress Scam

    How would you feel if you found out that your newly purchased mattress had actually been dragged out of a skip?

    Well, for a shocking number of people in the U.K. this nightmarish situation is a reality. Hundreds, if not thousands, of consumers are being conned every week by rogue traders selling used mattresses out of the back of their vans.

    Last week Jeremy Vine highlighted the national scale of the scam on his BBC Radio 2 radio show, with listeners calling in from across the country to share their experiences of fraudulent salesmen. Thousands of households have been left out of pocket with nothing but a broken, smelly or damaged mattress to show for it.

    Perhaps even more disturbing, however, are the counterfeit mattresses which appear undamaged to the consumer. It is impossible to see what is lurking under the surface of a pre-used mattress without opening it up, but we can tell you that it's not pleasant ....

    Hygiene
    Plastic packaging and a clean mattress cover may seem like a good indication of what is inside your mattress - but don't be fooled by these tricks of the trade. Not only will a pre-used mattress contain the moisture and sweat of it's previous owner, but during its time in the trash a counterfeit mattress is likely to have collected dirt, mould, insects and their eggs, and even animal urine.

    Flammability
    The thought of sleeping on an unhygienic mattress is certainly enough to send shivers down your spine, however this is not the only issue with pre-used mattresses ... or the most dangerous. Many of the old mattresses which are being sold on do not meet current national flammability regulations, therefore a pre-used product could be putting your life at risk.

    The number of U.K. households using potentially flammable mattresses is so worrying that the issue has been raised in Parliament. Thankfully, the National Bed Federation (NBF) has taken action to stop the work of the dodgy dealers. Earlier this year the NBF introduced a new mark of approval, pictured above, to allow customers to sleep peacefully, safe in the knowledge that their mattress has passed the most up to date national flammability, health, hygiene and trade description regulations.

    For Memory Foam Warehouse the health and safety of our customers is more than a priority - it's a necessity. All of our memory foam mattresses have been rigorously tested and approved by the NBF, so if you are on the hunt for a good night's sleep at an affordable price, you need look no further!

  • #SleepSelfie Twitter Competition


    1) These terms and conditions apply to the Memory Foam Warehouse Sleepy Selfie competition ("the competition") run by Memory Foam Warehouse ("the company"), and by entering themselves into the competition, entrants will be deemed to have read and accepted these terms and agree to be bound by them. Those who do not agree will not be entered into the competition.

    2) The objective of the competition is for entrants to submit a photo of themselves looking sleepy to be uploaded to Memory Foam Warehouse’s website and shared with Memory Foam Warehouse on Twitter. The winning photo will be voted for by the public and the winner will receive a spa experience for two people.

    3) The company: Memory Foam Warehouse, Chantry Bridge, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5DL

    4) The blogger must confirm their participation in the competition by 05/09/2014, ("the closing date"). The winner will be announced the week commencing 08/09/2014.

    5) This competition is open only to residents of the UK aged 18 years or over. Employees of the company, their families or anyone else associated with this competition or its operation are not allowed to apply.

    6) All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant abides by these rules. The decision of the company is final, and no correspondence will be entered into after the decision. Submission of an entry will be taken as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

    7) To enter, you must:
    i) Submit a photograph of yourself looking sleepy through the Memory Foam Warehouse website and enter your email address.
    OR
    ii). Share the photo on Twitter using @MemoryFoamWH and the hashtag #SleepySelfie
    The winning entry will be determined by the public in a vote, and the winning entrant will be contacted in the week commencing 08/09/2014 via email if they entered through the competition page, or via Twitter if they entered on Twitter.
    The final decision is binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The company reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants and to disqualify anyone who submits an entry that is in breach of the rules, or those that do not comply with content restrictions (defined below).

    8) CONTENT RESTRICTIONS: Entrants must not include any of the following content in any entry:
    i) pornography, adult-oriented content or any other sexually-explicit material;
    ii) explicit language or content, images of violence, or promotion of illegal activities;
    iii) content which infringes intellectual property rights or laws;
    iv) content which is defamatory or maliciously false;
    v) content which brings or is likely to bring the company, its website or Memory Foam Warehouse into disrepute;
    vi) material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other basis;
    vii) content owned by any party other than the entrant or the company (e.g. recorded music; pre-produced video, etc.);
    viii) material that is unlawful, or which may constitute a criminal offence including (without limitation) the Communications Act 2003, Malicious Communications Act 1988 or any other legislation in force during the competition.

    Any entry which does not comply with these content restrictions, in the sole discretion of the company, will be disqualified from the competition.

    9) By entering the competition and submitting an entry, every entrant:
    (a) confirms that his/her entry is an original copyright work (as defined by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988) and that he/she owns all right, title and interest in the entry or has all necessary rights and authorisations to submit it and the express permission of all individuals, content and materials embodied or featured in the entry to submit it for possible use as provided for in these terms (and will procure that any individual featured will enter into an appropriate image release where necessary);
    (b) agrees that his/her entry does not otherwise violate Memory Foam Warehouse’s Terms of Use or infringe the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;
    (c) grants to the company the perpetual and unlimited right and license to use, license, edit, modify, duplicate and/or create derivative works from the winning entries throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, the right for the promoter to publish, display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise use the entry via the internet or any other interactive media, on television, in print and/or any other media currently existing and hereafter developed and without limitation and without further payment or compensation to the entrant following the delivery of the prize, or his/her heirs and successors,
    (i) on its own or as part of any audio-visual or other production;
    (ii) to advertise any of Memory Foam Warehouse’s products;
    (iii) for any other purpose whatsoever.
    (d) Any works showcased on the site as winners will nonetheless be credited to those who submit them, highlighting their ability to produce winning entries or any that will be shortlisted in a "runners-up" collection, the size of which is at the company's discretion.

    10) Entrants agree that the company will be entitled to edit entries as it deems fit in accordance with current advertising regulations and will not be obliged to make any use of any part or all of a entry.

    11) Entrants are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software and/or hardware that may be required in order to create and/or submit any entry.

    12) All entries must be received by the closing date.

    13) Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. Late, illegible, incomplete or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

    14) The prize consists of a Deep Sleep Spa Package for two from Hand Picked Hotels. This includes a full body and scalp massage with hot stones and a fully body wrap. The prize is redeemable from Friday to Sunday. Receipt of the prize will be arranged upon the organisers of the competition contacting the winner, which will be by either email or post. Please note that any other incidental charges should be settled by the winner upon departure from the spa. Bookings will be subject to availability and are non-transferable. No cash alternative.

    15) The company reserves the right to substitute the prize (or any portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion. The winners are fully responsible for any and all applicable taxes in respect of the prize (including, where appropriate, import duty). All costs and expenses associated with receipt of the prize and any use not specified in these Terms and Conditions as being provided including, but not limited to, any and all expenses incurred by accepting the prize, are the sole responsibility of the winners.

    16) By entering into the competition, the winners agree to participate in publicity following the competition, should it be required. This may include use of their name and image in online and offline publicity, communications, and in any other media worldwide without any fee being paid.

    17) For the names of the winners, please send an SAE to Epiphany Solutions, Memory Foam Warehouse Sleepy Selfie Competition, The Small Mill, Chadwick Street, Leeds, LS10 1LJ within four weeks of the closing date.

    18) Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the company and accordingly the company may at its absolute discretion vary, amend or cancel the competition without notice (in particular if it or the website on which the competition is operated is affected by any denial-of-service attacks, viruses, hacking or any other technologically-harmful material or act) and the entrant agrees that no liability will attach to the company as a result thereof.

    19) To the extent permitted by law, the company and its agents and representatives hereby expressly exclude any liability whether in contract, tort, criminal law, breach of statutory duty or otherwise for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, damage, injury or disappointment (including without limitation any pure economic loss) suffered or incurred by any entrant, winner or any third party whether foreseeable or not in connection with:
    (a) any act or omission of the company in developing, planning and administering the competition;
    (b) any entry or attempted entry into the competition.

    20) The company will not be liable for any inability of any person to enter the competition because of any unavailability of such page, failures in computer systems or networks, other malfunctions, or for any other reason.

    21) The company will not be liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any damage to the entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials relating to this competition.

    22) All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute or common law are expressly excluded from these Terms.

    23) Nothing in these Terms will exclude or limit the company's liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

    24) Entrants agree that by entering the competition their personal details may be stored and otherwise processed by the company for the purposes of administering the competition and for the marketing and sending of other special offers where you have consented to receive the same.

    25) If you have a comment, query or complaint about these terms or the promotion, please contact Memory Foam Warehouse Sleepy Selfie Competition, Chantry Bridge, Wakefield
    West Yorkshire, WF1 5DL

    26) The company may refuse to provide the prize in the event that an entrant fails to satisfy the eligibility requirements under these terms in clauses 5 and 7 above, or has committed or is alleged to have committed any act of fraud or dishonesty, or is in breach of any of these terms.

    27) In the event of any dispute regarding these terms, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the competition, the decision of the company will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

    28) If any provision of these terms (or part of any provision) is found by any court or other competent authority to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in force. If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision will apply with whatever modification is necessary to give effect to the commercial intention of the parties.

    29) No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under these terms or by law or any abandonment of any such right or remedy will constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor will it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy will preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.

    30) These terms and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with them will be governed and construed in accordance with English law. The courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or matter of difference which may arise out of or in connection with these terms.

  • The science behind the perfect nap

     

    Thought naps were just for lazy people or for when you're feeling a little under the weather? We reveal the science behind napping to show you exactly why a short sleep should make its way into your daily routine…

    Benefits for your body and physical actions

    Taking a nap can enhance your performance, reduce your likelihood of making mistakes and slim down your risk of accidents caused by lack of alertness, the National Sleep Foundation advises. The foundation also discusses a study carried out at NASA which found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34 per cent and alertness by 100 per cent among sleepy military pilots and astronauts.

     

    Benefits for your mind

    The Sleep Foundation states that a short nap of between 20 and 30 minutes can improve your alertness immediately afterwards and for a few hours following the nap. It can also boost your mood and enhance your performance.

     

    Findings published in the Journal of Sleep Research show that six-minute naps (called ultra-short sleep episodes) can improve your declarative memory - a type of long-term memory which affects our ability to recall facts and knowledge.

     

    Naps can improve your creative problem solving abilities as well as your memory and ability to learn.

     

    Seen by some as a luxury - a time to switch off from worries and take a moment to yourself - naps can also provide psychological benefits as they are the perfect way to get some relaxation and rejuvenate your mind and body.

     

    If you are feeling stressed, over-eating or making bad dietary decisions due to tiredness, a nap could help to relax you and give you renewed energy to take on the rest of the day.

     

    The dos and don'ts of your perfect nap

    Do:

    • Nap for less than 30 minutes. For short-term alertness, take a short nap of between 20 and 30 minutes - your performance will get a boost and you won't be left feeling groggy. Also, a nap of this length won't interfere with night-time sleep.

    Don’t:

    • Nap for longer than 30 minutes. A study in the research journal Sleep found that naps lasting over half an hour are more likely to see you wake up with sleep inertia - where you feel groggy after sleep - so be sure to set that alarm!

    Do:

    Don't:

    • Take your nap too late in the day as it can have a negative impact on your night-time sleep. The Interactive Nap Wheel on Dr Sara Mednick's site here can help you calculate what time is best for you to nap, based on what time you woke up.

    Do:

    • When you wake up from a nap, try to get out into the daylight as soon as possible, as it'll help you feel alert. Splashing your face with water can also help you to feel fresh and ready to go.
  • How to take the perfect nap

    Napping can boost your mood, make you more alert and help you perform better, so wouldn't it be great to find a fail-safe way to nod off when the moment presents itself, and to wake up feeling fantastic?

    Follow our top tips and find out how, when and where to drop off for some good quality Z's.

     

     1.      Assume the position

    You'll fall asleep around 50 per cent faster lying down than you would standing up, according to the Guardian.

     

    2.      Focus on your breathing

    Slow down your breathing and take deeper breaths - or, if you want to incorporate a yoga technique to help you drop off, try lying on your left side and resting your finger on your right nostril to close it off. According to Peter Smith, author of Sleep Better with Natural Therapies, inhaling through your left nostril and taking slow deep breaths will reduce your blood pressure and have a calming effect.

     

    3.      Think about every muscle group

    Mentally work your way up your body, relaxing each muscle group as you go. Not only will the act of relaxing them help you feel more comfortable and ready for sleep physically, but the self-awareness and focus will help you feel calmer - perfect when you're keen to visit the Land of Nod.

     

    4.      Try a mind game

    We're not talking about counting sheep: Psychotherapist Julie Hirst advises that if you keep your eyes wide open and repeat "I will not sleep" to yourself, your brain will interpret it as an instruction to go to sleep and your eyes will start to close.

    5.      Make some noise! (Or block it out)

    If you're trying to nap in a noisy environment, ear plugs can help you get some peace and quiet. Alternatively, use an iPod or similar to create some white noise to help you doze off.

     

    6.      Time it right

    The Guardian suggests that you limit your nap to 45 minutes or less, if you need to do something straight afterwards. This is because a nap of any longer could see you drift into slow-wave sleep, which can cause sleep inertia, grogginess and disorientation on waking and for half an hour or more afterwards. Jim Horne, director of the UK's Sleep Research Council, recommends a 15 minute nap for drivers, saying: "Once you get beyond 20 minutes, you risk a deep sleep and you can be much more groggy when you wake up."

     

    7.      Add caffeine

    If it's important that you feel as wide-awake as possible after your nap - perhaps because you have driving or work to do - Jim Horne also recommends you drink a cup of coffee, but before you take your nap. Caffeine takes about 20 minutes to kick in, he explains, giving you a window of opportunity for a nap while you wait for the coffee to help you feel alert when you wake up.

    8.      Get the full benefit

    If you have the time, enjoying a 90-120 minute nap can give you a whole host of benefits as it encompasses all stages of sleep. It'll help clear your mind and boost your energy, alertness and creativity, according to Jennifer Ackerman, author of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body - referenced here.

     

    9.      Time of day matters

    An early afternoon nap is best; aim for between 1-3pm. This will ensure you are sufficiently tired from the day's excursions so far, but it's early enough not to hinder your sleep that night.

     

    10.  Find the perfect napping environment

    As well as a bit of peace and quiet and somewhere you can lie down, look for a place that is as dark as possible (or use sunglasses or an eyemask) and where the temperature is cool but not cold.

    Just one more thing - don't forget to set that alarm!

  • The 'Napping Guide': Memory Foam Warehouse's answer to a nation of work-time nappers

    Finding office work a little dull? Give your colleagues the 'Thousand-Mile Stare', or make it through a meeting with the 'Sleeper Agent'; with our innovative new Napping Guide, catching forty winks at work has never been so much fun.

    As you've no doubt seen, we recently carried out a study into Britain's sleeping habits - with a focus on dropping off when you really shouldn’t be dropping off. Not only did we discover that 72% of people get less than seven hours of sleep a night, we also found that we Brits are doing some very naughty things in an attempt to claw back those lost hours of shut-eye. So naturally we thought we'd lend a hand.

    Almost half of all UK workers (47%) have fallen asleep in the workplace, while one in ten (10%) of those caught sleeping on the job were rumbled by their bosses. Well, if you're going to do it, you may as well do it properly: we're talking optimum sleeping locations and top tips to ensure your nap goes undisturbed - see our guide to find out more.

    While the aforementioned Thousand-Mile Stare does demand some dedication to the cause (you'll be left with some rather artistic eyelids), other tips are nothing short of ingenious. Although, of course, we can't recommend you actually go as far as to do them.

    Take the 'Jacket Hammock', for example: all you need is access to the office cloakroom, a little bit of time on your hands and a total lack of respect for other people's property. If you're the proud owner of all of these attributes, our guide will show you exactly what to do with them, all beautifully presented in the classic style of an airplane safety instruction sheet.

    Of course, we are only having a little fun here at Memory Foam Warehouse; getting a good night's sleep of seven hours or more is of the utmost importance - not just for work but for health reasons too. Naps do have their place, however (even if it's not on top of a filing cabinet as per the guide's 'Top Drawer Sleep' suggestion) and we'll shortly be posting about how to take the perfect nap, as well as the science behind it. So whether you're a novice-napper or a seasoned stealth-sleeper, prepare to get the lowdown on everything you've ever wanted to know about napping - watch this space!

  • Asleep on the job? Half of us have dozed off at work, our survey found

    Female Office Worker Asleep At Desk

    We’ve probably all felt a bit sleepy at work at some time or other, whether we got to bed late the night before or we’ve just been working so hard that exhaustion has taken its toll. But if the results of our recent survey are to be believed, nearly half of us have actually fallen asleep while at work – sometimes for ten minutes or more!

    It was surprising to see that so many people have dropped off on the job, and quite worrying that so few of us seem to get a good night’s sleep: less than a third of respondents said they regularly get the recommended seven hours of sleep or more.

    Take a look at some of the eye-opening stats we found below – they might keep you awake at night!

    Dozing at work
    • 47% of people overall have fallen asleep at work
    • 15% said it was for “less than a minute”, although 14% said their nap lasted between one minute and five
    • 8% have fallen asleep for ten minutes or more
    • 43% of women have had a nap at work, compared to 51% of men
    • The younger generation is more prone to napping: 54% of respondents aged 18-24 admitted to it

    Caught in the act
    • 10% of people who have fallen asleep at work said they were caught at it by their boss
    • A luckier 34% were woken up by a colleague first
    • Another 7% have been shaken awake by a client, which must have been awkward
    • 51% got away with it and woke up by themselves

    Sleep-starved
    • 72% get less than seven hours of sleep a night, the minimum amount recommended for adults
    • 22% get less than five hours
    • 86% feel like they need more sleep
    • 25% admit to making mistakes at work due to tiredness, another 47% feel less productive when they’re tired

    Dozing on the commute
    • 31% say they have dozed off during their commute to work
    • 14% have been late to work because of this

    Are sleep pods the future?
    • Just 11% of respondents said there is some sort of sleeping facility at their workplace
    • 29% would like to see them introduced by their employer to help them get better rest

    Where do people fall asleep?
    We also asked participants where at work they have fallen asleep – below are a few of the choice responses:

    “I drifted off in a meeting for a split second. I woke up when my head fell forward.”
    “At desk, in meeting.”
    “In my works van.”
    “At my desk in the morning reading emails.”
    “During a meeting, it went on and on...”
    “Encoding room.” (?)
    “On top of a freezer (I’m a chef).”
    “During break times at the canteen.”
    “I was in the eating area which has a sofa in there and TV, but the programme was boring so I just nodded off. As I’m in charge, not a good example.”
    “In the smoking room, on top of all the chair cushions laid out on the floor.”
    “Don’t laugh - I fell asleep on the toilet.”
    “In a meeting, during a slide show.”
    “In the communal room - this was very late at night (2am), and in the ladies’ toilet.”
    “On the bus I drive.” (!!!)

    The results are based on a survey of 1000 people carried out by Your Say Pays.

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