Sleep FAIL


Today’s goo Ranking is one I thought looked good, but in the end… well, you decide with this look at sleep-related fails people have experienced.


Between the 6th and 8th of August 2013 the survey was conducted, but goo Ranking have not got round to adding the page that contains the further demographic information. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Here’s someone quite overcome with having to walk the dog:

Walk the dog

I can related to pretty much all on the list. My probably best-ever fail was on my birthday two months ago. I woke up to my alarm, and climbed out of bed to turn it off, but my left big toe got stuck in the right leg of my pyjamas, and I fell flat on my face as I tried to take my first step! I’ve also recently started drooling when I fall asleep on the train on the way back from work, which I suppose is more of an embarrassment than a fail, though.

Ranking result

Q: What kinds of sleep-related fails have you had? (Sample size=a little over 1,000)

Rank Score
1Cricked my neck after sleeping in a funny pose100
2Waking up with my pillow sodden from drool45.8
3Legs went numb during sleep and woke up in agony45.2
4Got my legs stuck in between the matress and the sheets37.5
5Slept in a funny pose and hurt my back35.0
6Woke up but didn’t get out of bed and missed an important appointment31.4
7Fell out of bed27.1
8Left the air conditioner on all night and caught a cold24.6
9Woke up with my pyjamas falling off21.5
10Woke myself up with my loud snoring20.6
11Fell asleep in the train and rode all the way to the end of the line17.8
12Woke myself up with my loud talking in my sleep17.6
13Was still sleepy-headed and fell over when I got out of bed15.4
14I wouldn’t get up and ended up shouting at family, friend who came to wake me up14.4
15Due to restless sleep, bruised myself bashing the wall, etc12.2
16Slept in a funny way and woke up with all-over muscle pain10.1
17Woke up sleepy-headed and thought I couldn’t make it to the toilet8.3
18Fell asleep in the bath and caught a cold5.2
19Drank too much and woke up somewhere other than my home4.1
20When sleeping with my partner, I muttered the name of another male/female in my sleep1.1
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