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How the Stress of Moving Home is Keeping You Up at Night

How the Stress of Moving Home is Keeping You Up at Night

At Happy Beds, we believe everybody deserves a good night’s sleep, especially when you’re going through stressful times and need rest more than ever. And when it comes to stress, there aren’t many things more worrying than moving home.

So, we conducted a survey of 2,000 people from across the country to discover how buying and selling has affected their kip and discover what moving issues are keeping them up at night.

The moving home survey: the results

As part of our moving home survey, we found that the average person has moved fewer than 5 times in their life, with 1 in 10 having only moved once. However, that hasn’t prevented lost sleep.

Moving Home Infographic

Our survey revealed that 87% of people find moving home stressful, and 71% have lost at least one night’s sleep. 10% had their sleep severely disrupted for more than a week before their big move.

Losing Sleep Infographic

The research revealed 92% achieved less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep the night before moving home in the past - the average duration before a move being 5 hours 20 minutes - and some people claimed it could take more than 2 weeks to have their first restful sleep in their new home. However, the average respondent said it would take 3 to 4 days.

Read more: A Sleep Expert Speaks: Why You Don't Sleep as Well in a New Bedroom

Why is moving home so stressful?

With so many things to do and change afoot, it is understandable that anyone moving home may feel anxious or stressed.

Moving Home Stress Infographic

This anxiety is only confounded by the little accidents that can happen on moving day. Our survey found that 48% of people have experienced a mishap or disaster when moving home. The most common being:

  • Damaged furniture - 33.26%
  • Scratched walls - 33.05%
  • Not being able to fit items through the door - 30.63%
  • Not being able to manoeuvre furniture up/downstairs - 29.37%
  • Not being able to manoeuvre furniture around a corner - 28.53%

Naturally, moving some items is more awkward than shifting others, and we found people dread moving the following vital pieces:

  • Wardrobe - 14.50%
  • Sofa - 13.90%
  • Delicates (vases, mirrors, etc.) - 13.50%
  • Kitchen appliances - 10.70%
  • Bed - 10.60%
  • What People Dread Most Infographic

    Sadly, 90% of people have previously had possessions broken in the process of moving, with the average cost of replacing broken items reaching £196.

    Despite all of the stress and mishaps, fewer than 10% of our respondents said they have had to postpone a move, and 82% would help a friend move if they asked.

    Don’t lose sleep over the stress of moving home

    At Happy Beds, we think investing in a good night’s rest is just as important as investing in the right property, so we found the results of our survey, ran by on our behalf, extremely interesting.

    We also spoke with several property experts to get their thoughts. Mick Fallon, Director and Conveyancing Solicitor at Howells Solicitors, commented: “The secret to minimising stress when moving home is to make the process as straightforward as possible, and this starts with conveyancing. If you can relax in the knowledge that the exchange and completion is in safe hands and will go through without a hitch, that is one less concern off your plate, and you can concentrate on packing and unpacking again.

    “Having support from people you can count on, whether a solicitor, moving company or friends and family, is also key to delegating tasks and making moving less of a worry and more of an exciting period of your life.”

    Joy Richards, our Sleep Specialist here at Happy Beds, said: “Moving homes can be an exciting time - but also a stressful one. There are countless things that can go wrong, and it can feel as if you’re spinning plates trying to make sure everything goes to plan. “If you’re looking for the secret to how to move house without stress, I would say it’s essential, before proceeding, to plan well in advance and to get a great night’s sleep before the big day to put yourself in the best frame of mind.

    If you find yourself still unable to sleep after a few weeks in your new home, it may not be your new location but your sleep environment. Invest in a quality mattress and a strong bed, put out some blackout curtains up and try some calming activities, such as drinking chamomile tea or meditation practice, and we're sure your quality and quantity of sleep will soon improve.

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