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Britain’s women need 15 extra days sleep per year

According to a new survey of Britain's sleeping habits by new alarm clock app iCukoo, women need at least another 15 days extra sleep a year than they currently get compared to men who feel they are 10 days short of the ideal amount. 

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The latest survey of 2,000 UK adults by OnePoll showed men claim to get less sleep than women but also need less time in bed. Overall Britons say they need 7.5 hours sleep a night but they are actually getting fewer than 7 hours. It was revealed men are sleeping just 6 hours 40 minutes, making a loss of 40 minutes a night which, over the course of a year, reaches 10 days and 3 hours. Whereas women are getting 6 hours 21 minutes a night, with a loss of over an hour a night annually adding up to 15 days 17 hours. 

The new app iCukoo, which allows users to donate to a charity of their choice every time they hit the snooze button on their phone alarm, found that fewer than half of Britons actually wake up to an alarm clock or phone alarm. Almost a fifth of people wake naturally, and most of the remainder are awakened by partners, pets or children.

More men, 11.5%, than women, 9%, are woken up by their partners, and twice as many women are woken by children. A quarter of those surveyed by OnePoll said they always got a good night's sleep, but almost one in five were kept awake by work worries, and one in eight had their sleep affected by issues with family or friends.

Our sleep expert, Dr Nerina advises those who are kept up worrying about work: "Write your to-do list before leaving work instead of at the beginning of the day. This stops you worrying about work in the evening and you are less likely to wake up during the night thinking about tasks that have to be done the next day." 

Do you think women need more sleep than men? How do you wake up every morning? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter and for more sleep advise on ways to help you get a better nights' sleep visit Dr Nerina's Sleep Toolkit


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