A shocking proportion of the UK population aged between 30 and 50 years are most likely to be in debt to their bedtime.
We teamed up with Leeds University to carry out research into the worrying amount of us suffering from dangerously low levels of sleep - with many of us getting as little as five hours per night!
The study, to be presented at the Newcastle British Sleep Society Conference tomorrow, found 25% of 30 to 50 year olds are dissatisfied with their sleep. These worrying figures, suggest we have previously underestimated how little the nation sleep and actually the problem is more serious.
Dr Anna Weighall, psychologist from Leeds University, believes the British population are in a debt to their bedtime, losing a minimum of one hour per night.
Alarmingly this equates to many losing up to 15 days worth of sleep a year, which is nearly three and a half years in an average lifetime. And for many Brits this debt is even more serious.
Interestingly, the data shows whilst most people aim to achieve at least the amount of sleep recommended by the NHS, they believed they actually achieve significantly less, and when asked concrete questions about their previous night's sleep this gap increased even further.
Despite aiming to undertake around eight - nine hours sleep a night, 30 to 50 year-olds were the most likely group for being in debt to their sleep body clocks.
Poor sleep patterns may be affected by the pressures of modern life. From the study sample we found 42 % of those questioned admitted having stressful jobs, with nearly a quarter of Brits working over 40 hours a week compromising their sleep.
Dr Anna Weighall said: "The real concern is actually a quarter of the population is sleeping as little as five hours each night.
"Less than five hours each night is associated with serious negative health outcomes including cardiovascular problems, obesity and diabetes.
"The increasing demands of modern life, social media and connected technologies may affect the quality and quantity of our sleep and pose a serious and detrimental threat to health."
See below our experts taking over the National papers:
The research is to be presented at this year's British Sleep Society 2015 Conference which is taking place Thursday 22nd October.