With people looking forward to an extra hour in bed
when the clocks go back this weekend,
the survey - by bed manufacturer Silentnight - also
reveals how most of us dream of
spending longer in bed but few are prepared to
sacrifice time with friends, family or even
watching TV to get it.
When asked how often they had a lie-in, 44% of those
polled said they "never" enjoyed one
with more men (49 per cent) than women (41 per cent)
claiming to miss out in the mornings.
People in Northern Ireland have the most lie-ins,
followed by the South East and Scotland,
while those in the South West have the fewest.
Parents may not be surprised to hear that people aged
16 to 24 have more lie-ins than other
age groups while those aged 55+ miss out the
Although many Britons would like more sleep, 48 per
cent said they were unwilling to give up
anything to spend longer in bed.
Just nine per cent said they were prepared to spend
less time with friends, four per cent less
time with loved ones and two per cent less time with
One in five (20 per cent) would sacrifice watching
their favourite TV shows, 15 per cent
"pampering" time and 3 per cent part of their salary
for extra snooze time.
The survey of 2,044 UK adults also suggests that
quality of sleep is an issue for many, with
just a quarter either either "regularly" or "always"
sleeping through the night.
In contrast, 42 per cent wake in the middle of the
night, 30 per cent toss and turn most
nights and 29 percent take a long time to nod
Furthermore, almost a quarter (24 per cent) said they
tended to wake too early.
But it seems people still turn to traditional methods
when they need to get to sleep.
Reading a book was the most popular choice, followed
by listening to music and herbal
remedies, while counting sheep was fifth.
Twice as many men (31 per cent) than women (16 per
cent) said they never did anything to
help them drop off at night.
Dr Nerina said: "Many people are simply too busy
these days to enjoy a lie in, so it's hardly
surprising that almost half of us never get to treat
"Although a good night's sleep is clearly a problem
for many people, only a minority are
prepared to sacrifice doing other things to get it,
whether that's spending time with people
close to them or even watching their favourite TV
"But sleep deprivation can have a huge impact on
people's lives so it's important they
evaluate their lifestyle to ensure they are not
burning the candle at both ends - getting
enough sleep is important for everyone's