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HARD DAYS WORK: Brits send 97m emails while in their BEDS and ‘have sex before work twice a week’

  • We spend three million hours browsing social media from our beds, loos and tables and spend 16m hours watching morning TV, study claims

Busy Brits send 97million emails (three each) before even getting out of bed.

Brits will also have sex before work TWICE a week with their partners and eat the same number of full English breakfasts, research claims.

We also spend three million hours browsing social media from our beds, loos and breakfast tables and spend 16 million hours watching morning TV.

As a nation, we now spend over four million hours catching up on news online, before leaving the house for work.

In fact, the growth of multiple morning screen time means one in five Brits no longer have time for breakfast before leaving the house.

The nationwide survey of 2,000 working Brits by Dunelm, to celebrate their partnership with ITV’s This Morning, found we begin each morning by waking up at 6am after an average of just six hours of sleep and pressing the snooze button five times.

The average morning routine also includes hunting for lost keys and mobile phones, as well as breaking up two arguments between children.

Brits also swear at least four times before 9am. But this means we have just three minutes to make the bed, five minutes to make breakfast and a mere ten minutes to get showered.



As many as 36 percent are perpetually sluggish and 27 percent feel stressed from the moment they open their eyes. Only one in ten of us bounce out of bed every morning feeling refreshed.

So, it is no surprise that three quarters of Brits claim that weekday mornings are the most stressful part of the week.

Angela Porter, Marketing Director said: “‘To celebrate our year-long partnership with ITV’s This Morning, we wanted to get to grips with the nation’s morning routine.

“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 study also explored the morning mishaps of the nation and found that a third of Brits have accidentally left their mobile at home, 29 percent have left their lunch on the kitchen counter, and 27 percent have had such a rushed morning that they’ve left the house without even a sip of water having passed their lips.

Meanwhile, the average worker only leaves the house ten minutes late.

More than half of respondents claim that a poor night’s sleep gets their day off to a bad start, while 49 percent say running late is what ruins their mood.

Getting stuck in traffic, oversleeping and getting toothpaste on your clothes also top the list of morning downers, along with missing your bus/train, having a row with your other half and your kids messing around.



A quarter of Brits eat their breakfast while walking around the house getting ready while 13 percent have burst into tears because the morning has been so stressful.

One in ten of us have had to dry damp clothes with a hair dryer so they could be worn that day, 9 percent have resorted to wearing yesterday’s underwear, and 4 percent have even sent their kids to school in a dirty uniform because they hadn’t done the washing.

British women spend 12 minutes applying make up every morning, but only half have time to do this at a dressing table. 14 percent powder their noses over breakfast, while 9 percent resort to putting on the slap in their work loos.

And a reckless 6 percent put it on while driving in to the office.

Regionally, Belfast is the happiest place to wake up where, 15 percent of people feel refreshed first thing, nearly five times as many as dozy Cardiff where only 3 percent of people wake feeling on top of the world.