One in four couples fall out over the snooze button

Friday, 17 February 2012 10:57 AM

The average Brit spends 29 minutes with their alarms on snooze during cold, dark winter mornings, a new study reveals.

But the snooze button leads to arguments among more than a quarter of UK couples, according to the survey by Sheilas’ Wheels home insurance.

A further one in four couples even argue the night before about what time to set the alarm, while one in seven bicker over which alarm sound to use, the poll shows.

The typical Brit sets their alarm for 6:47am but, after hitting the snooze button four times, does not actually get out of bed until 7:12am.

They then spend 62 minutes getting ready before finally walking out of the door at 8:14am, the research indicates.

And although sleeping through the alarm is the most common reason for being late for work, many embarrassed latecomers blame other things like transport problems, home emergencies and bad weather instead.

Jacky Brown at Sheilas’ Wheels said: “It’s important that people train themselves to ‘get up and go’ as then you are less likely to make a careless mistake, like forgetting to switch off an electrical appliance or leaving yourself vulnerable to burglars by not locking the front door properly as you rush out.”

More than 1,000 people were polled.

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