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New study reveals we're snoozing for over 5,000 hours in a lifetime

Women are twice as likely to hit the snooze button (22% vs 11%) compared to men, according to new research. Online bed retailer, Time 4 Sleep conducted the research into the length of time Brits snooze for each morning, popular alarm ringtones, and the bedtime behaviours that many get up to while trying to sleep.  

Almost three-quarters of respondents (71%) admitted to snoozing their alarm for an average time of 30 minutes each morning. Students were the biggest snoozers at 35 minutes, followed by those aged 25 to 34 years old who admit to turning off their alarm for some extra sleep for 33 minutes.

Geographically, Glasgow residents are the worst for snoozing with one in twenty saying they snooze their alarm ten times every morning.

How Brits choose to wake up also varied between the sexes. The study revealed women prefer to be woken up by soft and relaxing music or something with a buzz, whereas more men admitted a sense of urgency gets them moving on a morning; opting for a warning siren or fire alarm.  

Interestingly, those working in healthcare topped the poll when it came to the professions who said they slept in every morning. The survey revealed the top five ‘snoozy’ jobs as:

·         Doctor/nurse/dentist (86%)

·         Artists and designers (75%)

·         Marketing professionals (67%)

·         Accountants (59%)

·         IT professionals (59%)

Although 71% of the nation was revealed to be snoozing every day, regular snoozing can have a negative impact on your sleep pattern. Lisa Artis of the Sleep Council gave her five top tips on the best ways to avoid snoozing:

  1. Try putting the alarm clock across the room so you have to walk over, waking you up along the way.
  2. Expose yourself to daylight or a light box. Light naturally wakes us up as it suppresses the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin and helps us hit the ground running.
  3. Go to bed earlier – simple but effective. Adjust your routine by 10- 15 minutes and you should see a difference.
  4. If you’re pressing snooze five times in a morning why not compromise by setting your alarm ten minutes later than you normally would and avoiding the snooze button.
  5. Drink some cool water. Cool water will help you wake up because of the additional energy required to heat the water during digestion. 

Not only are Brits struggling to wake up and snoozing for longer, it also seems we’re a nation that loves to cause havoc during the night.  The research unveiled some interesting bedtime activities including putting toothpaste on spots before bed and sleeping with your phone under the pillow.

It doesn’t stop when we’re asleep either, with many Brits admitting to sleep walking, invading someone’s space as they sleep, and sleep eating,

The study found that the most aggressive sleepers that are most likely to hit someone during their sleep are:

·         Teachers (19%)

·         Shop floor assistants (16%)

·         Administrators (12%)

·         Operational employees (10%)

·         Sales professionals (8%)

If you’re looking for a peaceful night’s sleep, it might be worth settling down South, as Northern cities topped the poll when it came to those admitting to sleep walking in the night:

·         Dublin (20%)

·         Leeds (19%)

·         Bristol (17%)

·         Sheffield (17%)

·         Newcastle (17%)

However, couples in the South may still get less than their recommended eight hours, battling with invasion of their personal space when sharing a bed. Almost a quarter of Londoners (27%) admitted to being space invaders under the duvet.

Jonathan Warren, director at Time 4 Sleep said: “Our bedtime behaviours are something we have no control over; Brits have obviously picked up a number of bad bedtime habits which determine what kind of sleep they have. A good night’s sleep is paramount to a healthy and happy lifestyle, there are a number of ways to control this, including simple things such as a comfortable mattress or pillow.”

To learn more about Britain’s snoozing habits, please click here: https://www.time4sleep.co.uk/blog/bedtime-wake-up-calls/

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