Things That Make You Go Ouch In The Night!

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A surprising number of British adults admit that they have had an accident when they get up during the night. A survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by lighting supplier LED Hut found that 56% of Brits claim to regularly get up during the night, with more than 1 in 3 (36%) confessing to have hurt themselves in some way when doing this.

For the most part, this is due to Brits not turning the light on when getting up during the night (68%), with the main reasons for getting out of bed being to use the bathroom (47%) or going to get a drink (34%). Those who have had an accident in the dark were most likely to have stubbed a toe (56%), followed closely by stepping on something (48%) or walking into a door (43%).

Legs of a Woman who fell on the Stairs

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Tripping over something (35%) and trapping a hand in a door (32%) were next on the list, whilst nearly 1 in 4 (24%) knocked something over and 21% even admit to scolding themselves. Also appearing on the list was hitting their head (19%) followed by slipping on the stairs (15%) and falling out of bed (12%) which completed the top ten list.

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Paul Garner, marketing director at LED Hut commented: “It’s unsurprising that when in complete darkness, Brits are more accident prone because they are walking around without a light source.

“Often, we’re still half asleep and want to get the job done quickly without disturbing anyone, but clearly this is having implications on our safety. Using lighting with a dimmable feature will help you to avoid any unwanted accidents during the night if you need to get up.”

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  1. Stubbed a toe (56%)
  2. Stepping on something (48%)
  3. Walking into a door (43%)
  4. Tripping over something (35%)
  5. Trapping a hand in a door (32%)
  6. Knocked something over (24%)
  7. Scolding themselves (21%)
  8. Hitting their head (19%)
  9. Slipping on the stairs (15%)
  10. Falling out of bed (12%)

LED Hut is one of the UK’s largest online lighting stores selling a range of outdoor lighting from solar and wall lights to LED decking and flood lights. 

Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!