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How to get to sleep

It's easy to forget our basic needs when we're so busy with hitting targets at work, making sure we're catching up with friends, ticking items off that to-do list.

So it probably won't come as a surprise to you that most of you just aren't getting enough sleep.

As part of Virgin Active’s latest campaign to inspire Brits to find a balance in all aspects of their life, it carried out a survey of the top 40 things UK adults don’t feel like they are getting enough.

The number one concern for most polled was a lack of sleep, with the average adult getting less than six hours.

The research also found a lack of money is the biggest barrier to getting to ‘getting enough’ in life followed by a lack of time and lack of willpower. And while Brits do three hours of exercise a week, they think twice that to be the ‘perfect’ amount.

Israel Rivera, Head of Group Exercise, Virgin Active said: 'Exercise can be hard to fit into your life - between your job, family and trying to have a social life, but when you strike the right balance, and ‘Enough’ becomes part of your life, you will find you’re able to achieve more than you ever expected, whether you have 30 minutes or hours to spare.'

The study of 2,000 adults also found Brits feel they don’t consume enough veg, enjoy 'me time' or have sex enough - they are having it twice a week but would like to go up to four.


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Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.