One in four Brits exhausted at work

Many Brits are sleep-deprived and stressed and it is negatively impacting their performance at work according to new research.

The study by CV-Library, with input from sleep neuroscientist, Professor Jim Horne, explored the attitudes of 1,300 workers around the topic of sleep and the workplace. It found that 27% of workers said they feel exhausted on a daily basis.

Three-quarters of those polled said that workplace stress is a key cause of disrupted sleep; and 77% said that having a bad night's sleep negatively impacts their working day.

Sleep deprivation is most likely to affect an employee's ability to stay focused (73%), manage challenging situations (46%) and make important decisions (34%).

The study found that only 26% of Brits get seven to eight hours' of sleep each night - even though 59% said that's how much sleep they would like to get. Most people (57%) get between five and seven hours' of sleep.

Individuals that work outdoors sleep for the longest while managers are most likely to have problems sleeping because of workplace stress.

Professor Jim Horne said: "Most work situations require individuals to make critical decisions, remain focused and complete tasks within a timely and efficient manner. However, it's clear from these findings that sleep loss can impair attention to detail amongst workers. The longer a person is awake, the more likely their mood is to be negatively affected, as well as their willingness to take risks in the workplace."

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: "It's concerning to learn that many workers aren't sleeping well because of workplace stress. If you're suffering particularly badly, it could be worth talking to your employer to see if there's anything that can be done to make the working day that little bit easier for you."

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has produced Wellbeing in Small Business, a guide aimed at providing small businesses with ideas they can use to improve mental health and reduce stress in the workplace.

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