Revealed: the morning habits of the average Brit

Revealed: the morning habits of the average Brit


Posted 25th March by Peter Byrne

Every morning, Brits up and down the country will be carrying out their morning routines and rituals

However, what do our morning habits actually involve?

Well, a nationwide study has been carried out by Dunelm to mark their partnership with This Morning - and it reveals all...

The survey of 2,000 Brits found that we typically start each morning at 6am, after averaging only six hours of sleep and reaching for the snooze button five times.

To continue our fun start to the day, we'll then hunt for misplaced keys or mobile phones at least twice before we've even made it outside - we're then left with only three minutes to make the bed and a mere ten minutes for what proves to be a quick shower.

The mornings aren't kind to all of us, as 36 per cent start the day feeling perpetually sluggish, while 27 per cent feeling stressed from the moment they open their eyes. It's only a lucky one in 10 who bounce out of bed feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

Seeing what our mornings are like, it's subsequently not surprising to hear that 76 per cent think weekday mornings are their most stressful part of the week.

Angela Porter, Marketing Director said: "Today’s busy lifestyles require so much to get done before we are even out of the door, so it can be a very stressful time. It’s important to get a great night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed, which is why we wanted to find out more to help our customers have a great start to the day."

The hectic start we make to the morning means it's not surprising that a third of Brits have left their phone at home, 29 per cent forgot their lunch, and 27 per cent were rushing so much that they don't even have a sip of water.

Reasons for a bad start to the day include a bad night's sleep (52 per cent) and running late (49 per cent).

Other mood ruining incidents include getting stuck in traffic (36 per cent), oversleeping (34 per cent), and getting toothpaste on your clothes (18 per cent), while missing public transport (18 per cent) and rowing with your partner (17 per cent) all contribute too.

Over a quarter end up rushing and racing to such an extent that they have to eat their breakfast as they walk around the home getting ready, while 16 per cent have forgotten to brush their teeth, and 13 per cent have found it so stressful, they've ended up bursting into tears.

One in ten have said they have even needed to dry damp clothes with a hair dryer so they could wear the piece on that day, while nine per cent have taken the grim step of wearing yesterday's underwear.

The average working morning sees Brits...

- Drink two cups of tea
- Hunt for mobile twice
- Hunt for keys twice
- Break up at least two fights between children
- Answer three work emails in bed
- Have cross words with partner twice
- Implore the kids to hurry up four times
- Tell kids to get out of bed three times
- Fall back to sleep after the alarm has gone off four times
- Post on social media four times
- Press the snooze button five times
- Burns 2 pieces of toast a week

The average working morning sees the average Brit spends…

- Watching TV – 30 mins
- Exercising – 14 mins
- Oversleeping – 14 mins
- Walking the dog – 12 mins
- Applying makeup – 12 mins for women
- Playing video games – 11 mins
- Showering – 10 mins
- Housework – 9 mins
- Styling hair – 8 Mins
- Catching up on news online – 8 mins
- Eating breakfast – 7 mins
- Checking work emails before you’ve even got out of bed – 6 mins
- Posting on social media before you’ve even got out of bed – 6 mins
- Hunting for something clean to wear – 5 mins
- Washing hair – 5 mins
- Shaving – 5 mins for men
- Making breakfast – 5 mins
- Making bed – 3 mins






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