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One in eight Britons feel tired all of the time

  • Overall 13% of Britons exist in a state of constant exhaustion

  • Half of Brits would rather have an extra hour of sleep than £20 cash

  • 36% of Brits choose sleep over having sex with someone they are attracted to. Women are twice as likely as men to say they would prefer sleep over sex and romance

Millions of Britons are ‘TATT’ or ‘tired all the time’. A new YouGov survey reveals that 13% of Britons exist in a state of constant exhaustion. Another quarter (25%) report feeling weary ‘most of the time’, while a further third (33%) feel knackered ‘about half of the time’.

Unsurprisingly, parents of younger children are more likely to say they often feel tired. Around a fifth (22%) of parents of at least one child under 18 say they feel tired all of the time, compared with 8% of parents of children over 18, and 13% of Britons who are not parents.

Similarly, half of women (50%) say they feel tired at the end of the day but struggle to fall asleep at night, compared to 38% of men. Women are also slightly more likely (49%) to say they feel like they don’t have enough time in the day to rest and relax than men (44%).

Britons aged between 18-24 are twice as likely to say tiredness has a great or moderate impact on their work life (41%) than those aged between 50 and 64 (21%).

Younger Britons are also more likely to feel the impact of tiredness on their personal life than older ones – 41% of 18 to 24-year-olds say their tiredness has a “great” or “moderate impact” on this aspect of their life, compared to around a quarter (24%) of those aged 65 and older.

Tiredness impacts family life most for 25 to 49-year-olds, with around a third (32%) saying their tiredness has a great or moderate impact on spending time with family.

Men and women feel differently about how their tiredness impacts their love lives – 26% of women say tiredness has a great or moderate impact compared with 19% of men.

So what would Britons trade for an extra hour of sleep?

Around half (47%) of Britons would prefer an extra hour of sleep than to be given £20 in cash, while 40% of parents of children under 18 would prefer more sleep over an hour of good behaviour from their children.

Two in five Britons (39%) would prefer to sleep for an hour than spend time with friends or family, and more than a third (36%) would take a snooze over sex.

It seems as if Britons value their sleep time at between £20 and £50 per hour – while 44% of Brits would prefer £20 in cash over an hour of sleep, 69% would take the cash over a snooze if it was £50.


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