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Millions of Brits Are Struggling with “Tangry” Behaviour Due to Lack of Sleep, New Research Reveals

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Forget being “hangry” – modern Brits are more likely to be “tangry” (tired and angry), according to new research, which reveals that millions of us are struggling with extreme mood swings due to a lack of sleep.

The survey of 2,000 Brits revealed that nine in 10 of us suffer from tangry behaviour, with 30% claiming they constantly row with their partner because they feel exhausted in their daily lives.  A further 18% admit that they feel like a completely different person when they are tired.

30% of irritable Brits confess they swear under their breath at everything when they’re worn out, and the same number will burst into tears at the slightest thing.

Bensons, which commissioned the research, aims to combat this phenomenon with the launch of “Sleep Calm and Carry On”, a sleep improvement programme to help restless Brits manage their sleep better.

The new programme, which Bensons and sleep expert Dr Sophie Bostock developed, aims to provide the British public with some much-needed support in their fight against fatigue.

Bensons research reveals a top 25 list of tangry symptoms detailing the behaviours that can set Brits off.

Just under half (49%) of us said tangriness makes us overreact about small issues, with 43% complaining more often and 14% snapping at co-workers.

In fact, over a third admit they regularly slam the phone down at work, 17% admit they often get the wrong end of the stick and 14% struggle to string a sentence together.

Politeness also seems to go out of the window when we are tangry, with 14% acknowledging they cut people off before they have time to finish speaking and one in 10 forgetting to say please and thank you. Fortunately, three-quarters do eventually apologise for their tangry behaviour.

The programme will include six short, bite-sized videos to help educate people on the importance of sleep and how it impacts their mental and physical health, as well as tools to help Brits unwind, relax, and optimise their sleep.

Chapter 1 will help demystify if lack of sleep is making restless Brits tired and angry, Chapter 2 will help track sleep patterns via a sleep diary; and Chapter 3 provides tools to help people unwind before bed. Chapter 4 offers tips on how to get back to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night; chapter five offers wind-down tips before bed; and chapter six concludes with how to get more energy during the day.

Dr Sophie Bostock, who is the innovation lead at Big Health and NHS innovation accelerator fellow and a passionate advocate for the importance of sleep says: “Our sleep, well-being and behaviour are intimately linked. A lack of sleep can alter the emotional control centres of the brain, making us more sensitive to stress, and reducing self-control. Some people become more impulsive and aggressive.

“This survey is also a valuable reminder that many of us can feel like a different person when we are sleep deprived and can lash out in ways we later regret.”

Other side effects of tangriness include shouting at your kids at the slightest provocation (21%), losing patience with shop workers (21%) and behaving aggressively behind the wheel (9%).

Ironically, 43% of people report feeling tired when they wake up each morning, while only 18% and 15% report feeling refreshed. And more than a fifth (22%) of those polled have even been told they look exhausted, while 4 in 10 complain of having a slow reaction speed, 30% get words muddled and 15% put an item of clothing on inside out.

Getting easily annoyed at others, forgetting why you walked into a room, and getting the day of the week or date mixed up also featured in the top 30 signs you’re tired.

Unsurprisingly, money worries ranked highly in the list of things that keep Brits awake at night (38%), whereas 36% said problems at work left them tossing and turning most nights.

Over half (51%) of the 2,000 adults polled said temperature and physical pain and discomfort (50%) meant they often didn’t get enough sleep, and almost a third (28%) said relationship worries left them lying awake until the early hours.

Sophie added: “If your friend, colleague, or partner is acting out of character, instead of reacting negatively, consider asking them how they are sleeping. Prioritising your sleep is a powerful way to improve mental health.

“We’ve created a short series of bite-sized videos to help people understand the impact of sleep deprivation and some simple tools to restore healthy sleep patterns. Our goal is to help people sleep well, wake up feeling more energised, and thrive in their daily lives.”

The typical adult only manages six and a half hours of sleep each night, with their fatigue peaking at around 3pm.

According to Bensons’ research, the city with the angriest residents is Brighton & Hove (81%), then Belfast (67%) and Cardiff (66%).

Lisa Richards, head of marketing at Bensons, said: “Whether it’s crying at the slightest thing (30%) or swearing under your breath about everything (30%), we are all guilty of having a ‘tangry’ episode now and again and we’re hoping our brand-new ‘Sleep Calm and Carry On’ programme will help people to alleviate this and get the best night’s sleep possible every night.”

Top 25 signs you’re tangry

  1. You generally overreact about small issues.
  2. You complain more often.
  3. You are impatient in general.
  4. You snap at others.
  5. You lose patience with technology like laptops, phones, etc.
  6. You can’t concentrate at work.
  7. You cry/get emotional over the littlest of things.
  8. You swear under your breath about everything.
  9. You eat rubbish food in a bid to cheer-up / perk-up.
  10. You row with your partner.
  11. You’re completely unreasonable.
  12. You get annoyed if someone else makes a mistake.
  13. You shout/lose my temper with the children.
  14. You have less patience with shop workers and waiting staff.
  15. You feel like different person; your personality changes.
  16. You often get the wrong end of the stick.
  17. You throw things in frustration.
  18. You seem to constantly apologise for snapping or being rude.
  19. You become an aggressive driver.
  20. You cancel social plans.
  21. You can barely string a sentence together.
  22. You cut people off before they have finished speaking.
  23. You forget to say “please” and “thank you”.
  24. You press fast forward on everything.
  25. You’re clumsy and drop things.

Top 30 signs you’re tired

  1. Can’t stop yawning
  2. Struggling to concentrate
  3. Getting easily annoyed at others
  4. Getting a headache
  5. Having slow reaction speed
  6. Snapping/yelling at others for no apparent reason
  7. Getting words muddled up when talking
  8. Having “cotton wool brain’”
  9. Forgetting why you walked into a room
  10. Not hearing your alarm go off
  11. Not finding anything funny
  12. Getting the day of the week/date mixed up
  13. Drinking more coffee than usual
  14. Having no patience for shop/café staff
  15. Going the wrong way (such as walking or driving)
  16. Blinking more than often
  17. Putting cereal in the fridge and milk in the cereal cupboard
  18. Calling someone the wrong name
  19. Tripping over
  20. Not realising the lights have changed at traffic lights
  21. Misplacing my phone
  22. Putting an item of clothing on inside out
  23. Forgetting about a meeting, such as social or work meeting
  24. Increased appetite
  25. Forgetting where you parked
  26. Walking into cupboards/doors
  27. Sending an email to the wrong person
  28. Forgetting to turn the oven off
  29. Picking up/using the wrong toiletries, such as shampoo instead of shower gel
  30. Leaving the house in slippers instead of shoes

Top 10 tangriest cities

  1. Brighton & Hove
  2. Belfast
  3. Cardiff
  4. Liverpool
  5. Oxford
  6. Sheffield
  7. Southampton
  8. Birmingham
  9. Edinburgh
  10. York

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