Getting away from work by 5.30pm, unwinding with a cup of tea and some Dairy Milk chocolate and being in tracksuit bottoms by 7.10pm is what makes the perfect night in, according to new research.
A study of 2000 adults sought to determine the formula for a perfect night in after results showed
Brits are opting to hibernate in front of the telly for up to five nights a week after the clocks go back.
The research found the first thing people tend to do when stepping in the door is changing out of work clothes - three per cent of respondents opt to jump into a onesie, with pyjamas, followed by tracksuit bottoms being the best fit for most.
Then it’s kettle on and a cup of tea deemed the best drink for a perfect night in, trumping both red and
white wine and coffee.
The ‘perfect’ night in would then involve 26 minutes of gossip on the phone followed by an easy dinner on the sofa.
From 8.00pm all calls are ignored to fit in at least two and a half hours of television or film – deemed
the right amount for a good night, with the most popular programme to watch being the Great British Bake Off followed by Game of Thrones.
The research, which was commissioned by Yale to mark the launch of National Home Security Month, which runs throughout October, has found the ideal evening also sees five websites visited, three articles read online and 10 pages of a book or magazine digested.
A Yale spokesman said: “As the winter draws closer thoughts turn to staying warm and making the most of cosy evenings in.
“Being able to fully switch off from work and enjoy some real home comforts clearly sets the tone, while a little social media and catch-ups with friends and family are key.
“But the biggest source of relaxation seems to be shutting out the outside world and enjoying great entertainment from the sofa with our favourite food and drinks. It’s a small but important thing for
people to be able to relax and enjoy their homes, but for many it’s not always easy to get time to do it
The Yale spokesman continued: “We’re often led to feel guilty for not being productive or for allowing ourselves to indulge in a treat or two and a quiet night on the sofa.
“But with the dark nights drawing in, being able to enjoy our homes with a cosy night in is important in
staving off the winter blues.
“A big part of feeling content at home is knowing we are safe and secure and any steps that can be
taken to maximise that will always help people to make the most of those long winter nights.”