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Britons prefer sleep to sex

More than three quarters of Britons would rather have a good night’s sleep than have sex with their partners, according to a survey.

The study, of more than 8,500 people, saw 79% admit they preferred the thought of extra sleep to a night of passion.

Only 12% of those surveyed said they got eight hours sleep most nights, even though 40% believed they couldn’t function properly without it.

According to Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, the study participants were right to focus on getting more sleep since a lack of it can bring on health problems.

He said: “Disrupted sleep not only impacts on quality of life, but there’s an increased risk of higher blood pressure and its consequences heart attacks and strokes.

“The average for adults is around 7.5 hours, so those 40% are right. They understand that they’re not functioning properly.”