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One in eight Brits feel tired 'all of the time'

Have you noticed that you’re feeling really tired since Christmas?

Maybe you wake up feeling groggy, yawn your way through the morning, need coffee in the afternoon, and nod off on the sofa in the evening. Come to think of it… you’re pretty much tired all the time.

You’re not alone. Millions of Brits are ‘tired all the the time’, according to A new YouGov survey.

In fact, 13% of people 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%).

Younger Brits 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.

What would we give for an extra hour of sleep?

Around half (47%) of people surveyed 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 (39%) would rather 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 Brits 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.

Want to improve your sleep? Try these unusual tips for drifting off soundly. Or some advice on how to feel more energised in 2022. Sounds like we need all the help we can get.

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