Almost half of UK adults are losing sleep every week due to noise from outside their homes, leaving much of the nation feeling worn-out and grumpy on a regular basis.
According to the research by Everest Home Improvements, 46 per cent of Brits are woken or kept awake at least once a week by noise from outside, with those affected being disrupted on average 70 nights a year.
Following a disturbed night’s sleep, many are left tired and strung-out, with over a third (37 per cent) saying they have less energy, while three in ten (30 per cent) find themselves in a bad mood the next day. Productivity levels are another key concern, with almost a quarter of respondents (24 per cent) saying they are less productive after their sleep has been disrupted and more than one in five (22 per cent) struggling to concentrate.
The poll found that the top sources of noise disrupting the nation’s sleep were anti-social behaviour (16 per cent), neighbours (15 per cent) and car or house alarms (14 per cent). Road noise or traffic (13 per cent) and other people’s pets (10 per cent) also featured high on the list of intrusive noises that regularly keep people awake.