Brits ''find it difficult to get up in the morning''
New research has shown that British adults struggle to get out of bed in the morning, despite sleeping for more than seven hours on average each night.
The study, which will be discussed at this week's Times Cheltenham Science Festival, found the average person in the UK sleeps for seven hours and 21.5 minutes.
However, they also typically spend 20 minutes in bed
after waking up.
This was compared with findings related to the average German person, who was shown to get up 15 minutes after their alarm goes off, despite having 8.5 minutes less sleep.
Russell Foster, a University of Oxford neuroscientist who led the study, suggested the results should be viewed positively because they indicated that British people have less "social jetlag" than the Germans.
This means they get out of bed closer to the time they would naturally rise at if they did not have an alarm set.
"The fact Britons are sleeping more and have less social jetlag would promote more creativity. In terms of quality wake time at work, this is good news," the expert explained.
A talk entitled The Re:generative Power of Sleep, featuring Professor Foster and chronobiologist Till Roenneberg, is due to take place at the Cheltenham Science Festival today.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes