Snooze wars: One in four couples argue about what time to get up

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One in ten admitted spending more than an hour with alarms on snooze

If you find it almost impossible to get out of bed in the morning, you are not alone.

Brits spend almost half an hour each morning with their alarms on snooze, a survey has shown.

And more than one in four couples reports arguing over the snooze button and when it really is time to crawl out of bed.

The average Brit spends 29 minutes each morning on snooze in winter, compared to just 17 minutes in summer.

One in ten admitted spending more than an hour with alarms on snooze.

Sheila's Wheels found that 27 per cent of couples admits arguing over the snooze button, with 28 per cent rowing the night before over what time to actually set the alarm.

The average Brit sets the alarm for 6.47am, but doesn't get up until 7.12am. They spend just over an hour getting ready before leaving the house at 8.14am.

The study found that those under 25 years of age spent an average 40 minutes snoozing, which steadily drops to 25 minutes by the time they reach the age of 45

One in three said they put the alarm out of reach to force themselves up, and one in ten set three or more alarms.

A third said sleeping through the alarm was the most common cause of being late for work, although a quarter would rather blame the transport system and eleven per cent a 'home emergency'.

Behavioural Psychologist Donna Dawson said: 'Our ancestors would have been all too happy to sleep in on cold winter mornings, but work schedules in the modern world do not allow us that luxury.

'This leaves us irritable and lethargic when getting up on dark mornings.

A portrait of Britain's early risers

East Midlands – 6.50am

North East – 6.58am

Yorkshire – 7.09am

Wales – 7.12am

East – 7.14am

South East – 7.16am

North West – 7.18am

Scotland – 7.19am

London – 7.20am

West Midlands – 7.25am

'As a result, hitting the snooze button is an appealing option, but also counter-productive as the body is not getting quality sleep during this time.

'Make sure you go to bed at a reasonable hour as getting enough hours sleep will help you to rise with the snooze alarm first time.”

Jacky Brown, at Sheilas' Wheels home insurance, said: 'Scheduling in snooze time not only denies your body much needed rest, but is also a common source of arguments at home, which is the worst way to start off a day.

'It's important that people train themselves to 'get up and go' as then you are less likely to make a careless mistake, like forgetting to switch off an electrical appliance or leaving yourself vulnerable to burglars by not locking the front door properly as you rush out.'

The study found those aged under 25 spent an average 40 minutes snoozing, which steadily drops to 25 minutes by the time we reach 45.

Brits under 25 were also the most likely to sleep straight through their alarm with one in five (21 per cent) admitting to doing it regularly.

Those in the East Midlands were first out of bed at 6.50am, while those in the West Midlands do not get out of bed until 7.25am.