London: Women are most likely to be woken up by the whiff of coffee, while their men prefer the smell of fried food as the best aroma to help get them out of bed to face the day, a survey in Britain has revealed.

However, overall the scent of coffee will kick-start 26 per cent of Britons into life, although 27 per cent of men say the smell of eggs, bacon, sausages and fried bread wafting from the kitchen is the enticement they need to get going in the morning, according to the survey.

Twenty-three per cent of women also say the scent of a zingy shower gel is the best thing to blow the cobwebs away.

Other scents that awaken the senses first thing in the morning include the smell of cut grass drifting indoors favoured by 11 per cent of people. Ten per cent say the odour of freshly baked bread is the one they like to wake up to.

And a romantic five per cent say the scent of their partner rouses them from sleep, the 'Daily Express' reported.

Phil Atherton of bedding firm Slumberdown, which carried out the survey, said: "This research shows beyond doubt that the scents we traditionally associate with the morning are the ones that act as the best wake-up stimulants."

He added: "Our sense of smell is very powerful and can have a dramatic effect on our mood and behaviour. Certain smells can brighten our mood and lift our spirits, so it is interesting to find out which smells make the nation feel most awake and alert each morning.

"For those of us who struggle to wake up fully once we get out of bed, may be these scents could be the solution to our problem."

(Agencies)