It takes us 36 minutes to feel awake

Awake

It takes us more than half an hour to feel awake in the morning, a survey has revealed.

Fewer than one in five Britons (17 percent) consider themselves to be morning people.

The study found that after being disturbed by the alarm clock, we typically snooze for 14 minutes and don't feel awake for 36 minutes, the Daily Mail reported.

Two out of three said that they are less likely to snooze when woken by an alarm with "natural" sounds.

Some 73 percent of those questioned by Radox thought that the sound of a bird tweeting or a cock crowing made them wake up in a more positive mood.

And, on average, we lose at least an hour's sleep per night in December due to worries over Christmas.

Two thirds (66 percent) of Brits feel unmotivated in the morning and 60 percent admitted to sleeping in more during the dark winter months.

Just under a quarter (23 percent) admitted to suffering from "seasonal sleeping slips" as they recorded more late attendance during December.

A further 15 percent said they were prone to sick days during the final month of the year.

Dev Banerjee of The Sleep Clinic said: "The first sound we hear in the morning has such an effect on our mood for the rest of the day."

"That's why we often feel down when woken up to ringing phones, pinging emails or the same monotonous alarm clock," he said.

The top "wake up happy" sounds are:

1. birds tweeting

2. cockerel crowing

3. waves crashing

4. wind chimes

5. piano playing

6. orchestral symphony

7. church bells

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