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
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