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Do Tall People Need More Sleep?

Whilst it’s not true that tall people need more sleep than short people, it is true that tall people have a hard time getting quality sleep.

The Sleep Foundation reports that sleep duration varies according to age opposed to height.

In this blog, we’re going to take a good look at sleep. We’ll cover how much sleep the average person needs and importantly we’ll address common causes of poor sleep for tall people and the solution 

In this article:

Tall people don’t sleep well in short beds

The bigger problem for tall people is not necessarily that they physically need more sleep, just that they need a sleeping solution that allows them to bed down, undisturbed, for 6-8 hours so they can earn the restful night of sleep that they deserve.

This is a global issue for tall people. And in our opinion, it’s a serious one! 

Simply, beds are not made with tall people in mind and as a result anyone over 5’11” will suffer in a standard 6’3” bed. The National Bed Federation recommends:

“The length of a standard UK double bed is only 190cm (6ft 3”), so anyone taller than 5ft 11” (180cm) should really opt for one that is 200cm (6ft 6”) in length. A UK king size bed measures 200cm in length, as does a superking size, so either of these options would be preferable.”

Okay, so those who are 5”11+ need to think about a bed at minimum that is king size. What often causes a problem here is price. Your most basic bed frame can vary in price by 25% and that’s just the frame. You can expect bigger price disparity when it comes to quality frames and mattresses that give you the sleep you deserve

The solution to a better night’s sleep for a tall person…

A bed extender is the best solution to a restful nights sleep and you can pick up a double bed extension or a single bed extension here for a fraction of the price of an entire new bed.

If you have a divan bed, in any size, we’ve got a bed extender to support you. Simply place and attach the bed extender at the top of the bed, underneath the pillow. If you have a headboard the PillowShelf can sit between the headboard and the bed.

Your bed, for the price of £175.00 – £215.00 will be 6 inches bigger. And if you’re extending a single bed it will cost just £135.00 – £145.00.

What’s better is that you can keep all of your own bedding and mattress, meaning there’s no extra expense there, either. 

What problems do tall people face when sleeping

When their bed is too small, tall people are at risk of facing all sorts of problems.


Tall people often resort to contorting themselves into impressive shapes to prevent their feet from dangling off the edge or from kicking footboards. Not only can this cause back and joint issues down the line, but it also impacts their relationships.

Relationship problems

It’s not easy to share a bed with someone who re-adjusts their position every 10 minutes, taking the duvet with them. 

It’s especially frustrating when a tall person needs to sleep on the diagonal to actually fit on their bed and therefore take space from their partner’s side of the bed.

A tired couple is generally not the best for a happy, happy relationship.

Sheets and blankets don’t fit

If you buy a double bed since that’s cheaper and feels like it should be big enough you might also ops for a double duvet.  However, this can be an issue because standard bedding is designed for people of average height and may be too short for taller individuals. 

Tall people may need to consider longer duvets to get adequate coverage to stay warm all night. 

Limbs hang off the bed

Tall people’s limbs can hang off the edge of the bed. This can be uncomfortable and makes it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. 

There is a second problem here if you have heavy duvets it can put a lot of pressure on the feet since the weight of the duvet can force the feet down.

How else can tall people improve their sleep quality?

Outside of extending your bed, here are a few other ways that tall people can improve their sleep quality.

Bedtime routine

Create a bedtime routine and stick to it. Aim to relax and wind down in the last few hours before you decide to nod off to dream-land. A calming night time routine can alleviate the stress of the day and relax the mind.

Dim the lights in the evening

The role of light and sleep is not to be underestimated. Dimming the lights of an evening can help the circadian rhythm and prepare the mind for sleep.

Turn off your phone

On the same subject: turning off your phone is of utmost importance. Blue light disrupts the circadian rhythm.

Get out in daylight

Natural light is the best source of light if you want to recalibrate your circadian rhythm. Get out nice and early to get that early light into your eyes.

Avoid caffeine

Avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed can also help you sleep better as caffeine and alcohol are stimulants.

How much sleep does the average person need?

According to the Sleep Foundation, adults need between seven to ten hours sleep per night,depending on their age. As people get older, they need less sleep. As seen in the sleep foundation graphic below, an adult aged 26 – 64 needs 7 – 9 hours, an hour less than a teen who requires 8 – 10 hours.

Sleep Foundation Infographic shows recommended sleep for different ages.

That said, how much sleep you need also depends on your lifestyle and other external factors. Sleep quality is directly linked to:

  • psychological problems
  • stress, sadness, anxiety, tension and family problems
  • strenuous physical activity
  • pain

Even environmental factors, such as the air quality or the noise in the room plays its role in sleep. 

If you have a very active lifestyle, sleep allows your body to recover from exercise. It’s possible that strenuous activity requires more sleep to recover.

Why sleep is so important

Sleep is one of the most important things for our overall health. It helps to restore and rejuvenate our bodies and leaves us feeling refreshed and alert. 

Sleep deprivation can be a factor in numerous health problems, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Without a good night’s sleep you may find yourself feeling tired and sluggish throughout the day, and you may be more likely to get sick. Lack of sleep can also lead to mood swings and depression.

If you’re not getting enough sleep, you may have trouble concentrating, solving problems, and making decisions. You may also be at risk for accidents and injuries. 

So, do what you need to do, to get good sleep! You deserve it.

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