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How Covid-19 has impacted Britain’s sleep



85 percent of UK residents believe the lockdown has negatively affected their sleep

A new survey has found that 85 percent of UK residents believe lockdown has negatively affected their sleep – and most would be open to seeing if CBD helps.

According to the new research, a staggering 85 percent of residents believe the ongoing lockdown has negatively affected their sleeping habits.

Financial worries, lack of a social life and spending too long watching tv or on our phones have been named as the top three reasons Brits are struggling to get their eight hours every night.  

The results will likely come as no surprise to most people, considering the events of the last 12 months, however according to the new data over two thirds of Brits say that 2020 was the most stressful year of their life. 

And three quarters of people now struggle to fall asleep at night due to feelings of anxiety caused by the pandemic. 

The research comes from CBD brand TRIP, who surveyed 800 UK residents to determine how the Covid pandemic has increased our stress and anxiety levels leaving us unable to get some much-needed rest. 

The results show that on average most of us are struggling to fall asleep either three or  four times a week, however 13 percent say they struggle every night due to their feelings of anxiety or stress. 

Most doctors recommend that we get around eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a night in order to feel at our best, a statement supported by nearly 70 percent of respondents. 

However, only 15 percent of people are reporting they currently get at best between two and four hours a night. 

What happens to us when we aren’t getting those precious eight hours? 

According to the research the three main side effects of lack of sleep are a loss in productivity, trouble concentrating and mood changes. With each of the three being reported by at least two fifths of respondents.

Nearly 80 percent of those surveyed said they would be open to try CBD products to help them sleep better, and just under 15 percent said they already have done and believed it worked. 

CBD products have recently become increasingly popular with reported benefits said to include reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus, supporting our immune system, and aiding with inflammation.

“2020 was a rough year for pretty much everyone, so it’s no surprise that all of the stresses and anxiety last year brought with it has had a lasting impact on people’s sleep,” comments Olivia Ferdi, founder of TRIP. 

“Especially when working from home, finding ways to unwind and creating separation from the working day is really important – having a moment of calm before bed can really help stop your mind racing. 

“I have found that having a TRIP drink or a few drops of our strong CBD oil just before bed is the perfect way for me to calm my mind and get some stress-free sleep.”


Sarah Sinclair is a respected cannabis journalist writing on subjects related to science, medicine, research, health and wellness. She is managing editor of Cannabis Health, the UK’s leading title covering medical cannabis and CBD, and sister titles, Cannabis Wealth and Psychedelic Health. Sarah has an NCTJ journalism qualification and an MA in Journalism from the University of Sunderland. Sarah has over six years experience working on newspapers, magazines and digital-first titles, the last two of which have been in the cannabis sector. She has also completed training through the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society securing a certificate in Medical Cannabis Explained. She is a member of PLEA’s (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) advisory board, has hosted several webinars on cannabis and women's health and has moderated at industry events such as Cannabis Europa. Sarah Sinclair is the editor of Cannabis Health. Got a story? Email / Follow us on Twitter: @CannabisHNews / Instagram: @cannabishealthmag


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