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Britons lack sleep.

THE average British person sleeps for just six hours and seven minutes per night - well below the traditionally recommended eight hours, according to a new survey today.

Half of those who took part in the study described themselves as sleep-deprived.

People are least successful at getting their heads down in Aberdeen, where the average resident sleeps for just five hours and 23 minutes per night.

Meanwhile those living in Norwich are top sleepers, spending six hours and 38 minutes switched off.

The survey, commissioned by multimedia retailer QVC, questioned more than 3,000 people across the UK about their sleeping patterns.

Nearly two thirds (64%) said lack of sleep was to blame when they felt irritable, while 56% said it left them unable to concentrate, and 37% said it made them crave sugary fatty foods.

Yorkshire's sleepiest city is Sheffield, in third place nationally, with just six hours and 24 minutes, while York was fifth with six hours and 21 minutes.

Money worries were the biggest cause of lost sleep - for nearly half those surveyed.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 8, 2010
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