Insomnia-wrecked Brits are more likely to wake up at 3.44am than at any other time during the night, researchers found.
Dripping taps, noisy neighbours, restless partners and attention-seeking pets were a few of the sleep menaces named by 3,000 Brits, surveyed by herbal sleep remedy A.Vogel Dormeasan.
More than a third answering the survey said bad sleeping habits mean they lack of energy and four in ten say awaking in the night means they struggle to concentrate the next day.
Some admitted to catching an extra 40 winks mid-evening while watching TV.
60% admitted that they stay up late to watch television and one in five say they go to bed later than they should to play computer games.
Seven to eight hours sleep is thought to be ideal for maximum health benefits. Disturbed sleep and insomnia has been linked to stress and anxiety, and even increased risk of heart attack.
Experts recommend a period of ‘wind-down’ time to ensure a good night’s sleep. Avoid watching TV, surfing the net or working in the bedroom before bed.
Dr Jen Tan, medical director of A.Vogel said: ''Many people rush hectically through their day and then collapse into bed without a period of calm to allow their adrenal glands to switch off. Without sleep the body struggles to repair and everyday tasks become harder.”