06/01/2015 10:49 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

We're All Waking Up Too Early For Work, Says New Study

Christmas is officially over. January is here and it's back to the daily grind of early starts, hideous commutes and hours at your desk. Urghh.

If waking up to your alarm in total darkness is already getting to you, fear not because according to a new study we're waking up WAY too early.


The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine has conducted a study using data from almost 125,000 participants and the results reveal that waking up too early is the number-one cause of sleep deprivation in American adults.

We knew it.

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Apparently, the earlier our morning start the less likely we are to get a good night's shut-eye.

The study found that people over the age of 15 slept 20 minutes less the night before the earlier they got up. Those with a 6am start were likely to sleep for just six hours compared to people starting at 9am who averaged 7.29 hours of sleep.

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So there you have it. Science says we shouldn't be getting out of bed so early and what science says, goes. *Drafts email notifying the boss*

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