The YouGov Sleep Study: Part Six - Waking up in the morning

Milan DinicDirector - Content Strategy and Innovation
June 29, 2022, 8:49 AM GMT+0

The final chapter of the Sleep Study is dedicated to the behaviours and moods of Britons with regards to waking up in the morning.

How often do you wake up in the morning feeling tired?

Seven in ten Britons (68%) report very or fairly often feeling tired when they wake up in the morning. Three in ten (28%) say they don’t often feel tired upon waking, while just 2% say they’re never tired in the morning.

Three-quarters (76%) of British women say they very often or fairly often wake up feeling tired, compared to six in ten (59%) men.

Britons under 40 are most likely to report they very often feel tired in the morning (38-41%) compared to 32% of 40-59-year-olds and just 18% of those 60 and above.

Three quarters (76%) of night owls say they very often or fairly often wake up feeling tired, compared to 57% of early birds.

How hard is it to get out of bed in the morning?

Despite the fact that the majority of people often wake up feeling tired, over half (55%) of Britons say it’s very or fairly easy for them to get out of bed in the morning. Four in ten (42%) say it’s difficult, with this being more the case for women (49%) than men (35%).

Our results also show that Britons under the age of 40 (55-58%) are more likely to say they struggle to get up than those in their 40s and 50s (41%) and those aged 60 and above (26%).

Six in ten (59%) night owls say it’s difficult for them to get out of bed in the morning, compared to one in five (19%) early risers.

Do you tend to hit the snooze button before you get up?

Four out of ten Britons (40%) say they hit the snooze button at least once in the morning before getting out of bed, including one in seven (15%) who do so once, 13% who do so twice, and 12% who do so three times or more.

Women are more likely than men (15% vs 8%) to hit the snooze button three times or more in the morning.

A third of Britons (36%) never hit the snooze button, while 22% say they don’t set an alarm at all.

When you wake up in the morning, do you get up straight away or spend some time in bed?

Seven in ten (68%) Britons prefer to spend some time in bed in the morning once they wake up. A third (37%) spend up to 10 minutes, 14% spend 10-20 minutes and 9% spend 20-30 minutes in bed after waking up. One in 12 (8%) spend more than half an hour in bed before they get up in the morning.

A quarter (27%) of 16-24-year-olds prefer to spend more than 20 minutes in bed in the morning, which is higher than across other age groups (13-19%). Young men are more likely than young women to loiter under the covers, at 31% vs 24%.

One in three Britons (28%) say they get up immediately once they wake up, with this applying notably more to men (32%) than women (24%). Britons aged 40-59 (37%) are most likely to get up straight away compared to 11% of 16-24-year-olds and 22% of 25-39-year-olds. Among those 60 and above, three in ten (31%) say they get up straight away.

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