The Independent reports on the findings of a study of sleeping habits in the UK.

A new study of sleeping habits in the UK has shown Brits are a restless bunch, with over 40 per cent talking in their sleep, and more surprisingly almost 10 per cent getting creative by drawing, painting or writing while in the land of nod.

In a survey of 2,000 UK adults, overall 42 per cent spoke in their sleep, with almost half of 25 to 34-year-olds continuing to natter away. It also revealed that women are more prone to sleep-talking than men, as 46 per cent admitted to the behaviour, in comparison to 35 per cent of men.

The study also showed that one in 10 people are somnambulists, or sleep-walkers. Sleepwalking usually occurs in a period of deep sleep during the first few hours after falling asleep.

While the exact cause is unknown, it seems to run in families, according to the NHS. Sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety, and drinking too much alcohol, taking recreational are among the factors that can trigger sleep walking.