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It is estimated that 62 per cent of Britons need between 15 minutes and an hour after waking before they feel human. Here, with the help of leading sleep experts, we reveal why you may be finding it so hard to wake up — and the simple changes that can make your mornings less hellish. If you woke up this morning feeling groggy, dozy and desperate for another hour of sleep, there are two things going wrong, explains independent sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley. First, you’re probably sleep deprived — you haven’t had the right amount for you individually — but also, your body’s natural rhythm is out of synch. The body loves rhythm and predictability. Most tiredness happens because we are very bad at sticking to regular bedtimes — going to bed and getting up at the same time every day.

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