Key to happiness ‘involves good sleep’

Getting six hours and 15 minutes worth of sleep each night is one of the key contributors to happiness, research suggests

Getting six hours and 15 minutes worth of sleep each night is one of the key contributors to happiness, research suggests

Getting the right amount of sleep is one of the foundations of happiness, it has been claimed.

A study carried out by researchers for Yeo Valley found that other keys to contentment also include regular home-cooked meals, spending two hours per day playing with children and a 20-minute commute to work.

According to the report, six hours and 15 minutes a night is the optimum amount of rest on mattresses people should get, combined with four shopping trips each month and two annual holidays.

It was compiled from the results of a poll of 4,000 adults and showed that those who rated themselves happiest worked for just over seven hours each day and exercised four times a week.

“Brits aren’t after expensive holidays or fast cars to make them happy, but the simpler things in life,” a Yeo Valley spokesman explained, noting that uninterrupted sleep and quality time with loved ones had been deemed of particular importance.

US research has indicated that having the correct mattress and bed frame can significantly improve the quality and amount of sleep people get.

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