22 September 2020
COVID-19: More Australians Working from Bed - Survey
Australians are spending more time working from bed
during the pandemic according to new research.
The new data shows 40% of respondents have increased the
amount of time they spend in bed as a result of restrictions due to COVID-19.
The Ecosa poll found a seventh (13%) of Australian’s are
working more from bed with a quarter (27%) just relaxing more under the covers.
Alice Allen, spokesperson for Ecosa one of the country’s
largest online bed retailers, says there has been a surge in demand throughout
the country with more time being spent in bed.
She says as a result, the company has just had its best
week of sales in its five-year history.
Allen says the Australian market has grown more than 100
percent per month over the past 12 months and the recent lockdown has
accelerated that even faster with a sales record which saw more than 3,000
products shipped in a single week.
“The feedback we are getting from a number of our
consumers is they are spending more time in bed - many of them working from
their beds. The online model where you can get a bed, mattress and bedding
products delivered next day in a compressed format which makes them easy to
manoeuvre inside the house is proving particularly popular at the moment.
“This trend is in line with other international studies
which show one in four people working from home during the coronavirus lockdown
admit to at some point logging on from their bed.
“The research has found that after the dining table (45%)
and couch (40%), 25% of respondents admit to working from their bed.
“We know that the more time people spend in bed, the more
likely we are to want to upgrade their bed and mattress,” she says.
Allen says a new research programme, The International
COVID-19 Sleep Study (ICOSS), is
underway at the University of Oxford which is investigating the impact of
COVID-19 pandemic on sleep in adults.
Quality sleep she says is essential for our physical and
mental health and the new survey will examine what sleep problems have emerged
and how sleep patterns have changed along with which groups are most affected.
Allen says the data will be shared with a large
international database to improve understanding of the global impact of
COVID-19 on sleep.
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Impact PR for Ecosa. For more information or images, please contact Mark Devlin
 Ecosa poll of 131 Australians.
 uSwitch Research. Accessible here.
 Oxford University Study, accessible here.