There’s nothing quite like the snooze button in morning, we all need those extra few minutes in bed. In fact, us Brits are suffering from ‘repetitive snooze injury’, spending 173 days of our lives hitting that faithful button.
The new research from breakfast brand, Fuel Your 10K Hours, reveals that we spend 14 minutes a day snoozing which equates to one hour and 38 minutes each week, or 84 hours and 56 minute snoozing per year.
The report, delving into the nation’s morning habits found we’re a nation of wannabe early risers with the average Brit setting their alarm for 6.58am, however most can’t peel themselves out of bed until 7.12am.
Chireal Shallow, Sleep Psychologist, comments: “We snooze for many reasons, predominantly because we want to squeeze as much Sleep out of the night as possible, and often still feel tired when we wake. This is especially true in the winter months as we need to wake whilst it’s still dark outside, which means our bodies do not get a chance to awake naturally with the aid of light, which helps to regulate our sleep. Snoozing is the way we, as humans, attempt to mitigate the lack of sleep, or how tired we feel by trying to wake up gradually and gently.”
The study reveals that we’re only getting an average of six hours and 36 minutes of shuteye each night, a lot less than the recommended eight hours and nearly a quarter of people admit to feeling like the haven’t had enough sleep upon waking.
And 8% of us wish we could be more productive in the morning.
Chireal Shallow continues: “The Fuel Snooze Study confirms that we’re a nation of snoozers. Essentially we are snoozing too much, which is not an effective use of our time and does not improve the quality of our sleep, only our perception. The reality is we need to break the viscous cycle of snoozing and make good use of those morning hours, as is the premise of FUEL YOUR 10K HOURS. Use those extra minutes to do something you’re passionate about, learn a new talent or take up a hobby such as cycling, swimming, or even taking a photography class. You should also make sure you eat well, and within 30 minutes of first waking up, so that it helps to provide you with the energy you need to tackle the day ahead.”
Barney Mauleverer, Co-founder of FUEL YOUR 10K HOURS, commented: “Mornings can be a killer and this study demonstrates that we all like to hit the snooze button every now and then. Most of us are already time poor so just think what we could achieve if we didn’t snooze quite so much each morning. FUEL is calling on the UK’s snoozers to try, bit by bit, to hit the snooze button a little bit less each morning and use that time to achieve your goals or do something you’re passionate about.”