Men are more likely to be woken up by the sound of buzzing flies while there is no other noise more likely to wake up women than that of a crying baby, a new study has revealed.
The research also showed that men are most likely to be woken up by the sound of a car alarm going off nearby, followed by the howling wind and buzzing fly.
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A separate research shows 29 per cent of all adults suffer a disturbed night's sleep between five and seven nights a week and a further 27 per cent are woken up once or twice a week.
In the new study, 54pct of the women said it was their partner's snoring and one in ten said they were kept awake by flatmates or others having sexual intercourse.
Other sounds which stopped both men and women from sleeping are that of drunken rowdiness, often from a nearby pub at closing time or late night revellers outside their home.
"There is nothing more likely to leave you feeling drained and depressed than disturbed sleep, especially when this happens over several nights," the Telegraph quoted Psychologist Dr David Lewis of MindLab as saying.
"As this unique study shows while some sounds, for instance your partner coughing or snoring beside you, disturb men and women equally, other noises such as a howling wind cause men to be more disturbed than women.
"Women are more likely to be disturbed by a crying baby," he added.
He continued: "These differing sensitivities may represent evolutionary differences that make women sensitive to sounds associated with a potential threat to their children while men are more finely tuned to disturbances posing a possible threat to the whole family."
Top ten sounds most likely to wake men:
1.Car alarm; 2.Howling wind; 3.Buzzing fly; 4.Snoring; 5.Noise from drains; 6.Crickets chirruping; 7.Sirens; 8.Clock ticking; 9.Drilling/workmen 10.Dripping tap;
Top ten sounds most likely to wake women:
1.Baby crying; 2.Dripping tap; 3.Rowdiness; 4.Snoring; 5.Buzzing fly; 6.Drilling/workmen; 7.Sirens; 8.Car alarm; 9.Howling wind; 10.Noise from drains.