A third of adults wake up tired, although most go to bed “early”.

MORE than a third of adults often wake up tired – even though they go to the hay before 10pm.

According to a survey of 2,000 British adults, the typical bedtime is 9:54pm.

A third of adults wake up tired, even if they go to bed before 10pm


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And the typical morning wake-up time for Brits is 6:42 a.m. – which gives around eight hours of sleep.

However, many still assume they get fewer than five hours of “good” sleep a night.

Four in ten describe themselves as having poor sleep, while 60 percent think their bedtime could be better.

Waking up at night, tossing and turning in their sleep, and late night rumination prevent people from feeling rested in the morning.

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Conducted via OnePoll, the study found that only 32 percent would describe themselves as a “good sleeper.”

And only 24 percent sleep better if they go to bed earlier in the evening.

The results suggest that it’s not just about how many hours you sleep or when you go to bed.

It’s important to get good quality sleep – with few interruptions and awakenings and adequate deep sleep.

People who said they were good sleepers tended to fall asleep quickly, wake up little at night, and wake up refreshed.

A spokesman for furniture retailer DFS, which commissioned the survey, said: “Our study has shown how the actual time we go to bed can have a real impact on our overall sleep patterns.

“The hours of sleep we get are obviously important, but how we prepare and get ‘into the sleep zone’ is also crucial.”

Anne Marie Boyhan, sleep expert at The Sleep Care Co., said: “Sleep is a fundamental pillar of health. Adequate rest is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

“That’s why it’s important to focus on habits that support a good night’s sleep.”

The study found that three out of ten adults cannot go to bed before 10 p.m.

It was asked what Brits rely on to get to sleep, with 54 per cent saying it needs to be completely dark outside – a more difficult task in the summer months.

To get a better night’s sleep, 27 percent need to make sure all doors are locked before heading out for the evening.

One in five (20 percent) needs to make sure the room is the right temperature, and a third can’t fall asleep without the feeling of freshly brushed teeth.

Applying hand cream or getting ready for the next morning were also among the top 20 things Brits need to do before bed to sleep well.

Complete silence still helps 54 percent to calm down a little, while a quarter likes to hear something to fall asleep.

Anne Marie Boyhan added: “If you have trouble sleeping, arrange your bedroom environment so that you can get a good night’s sleep.

“Focus on creating a pitch black bedroom and avoiding blue light from screens an hour before bed.

“Also, make sure you get natural light during the day. When sunlight hits your eyes in the morning, it sets your biological clock and triggers the timing of the hormones cortisol and melatonin, which affect sleep.”

A spokesman for DFS added: “We all need sleep – some more than others – but we all still need good quality sleep.

“We want to encourage the nation to adopt better sleeping habits, and that doesn’t have to mean making big changes.

“Instead, focus on establishing a routine that works for you and stick with it, investing where you need it like buying a new mattress or taking time to unwind.”


1. Curtains/blinds closed

2. Dark room

3. Brushed teeth

4. Snuggled under the covers

5. Doors are locked

6. Make sure there are no lights on in the house

7. More than a pillow

8. Getting just the right temperature in the room

9. Doors are closed

10. Make sure there are no flashing lights – like a fire alarm

11. Windows are closed

12. Turned off strange noises, like a bathroom extractor fan

13. Washed her face

14. No noise / use of earplugs

15. Prepare for the next morning

16. Watch a TV show

17. No electronic devices nearby

18. Shower/wash up before bed

19. Apply hand cream

20. Tie her hair up/out of the way A third of adults wake up tired, although most go to bed “early”.

Sarah Y. Kim

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