Do you find it hard to get to sleep at night because you are stressed at work?
Well its official, if you wake up tired on a Monday morning then you are not alone.
In fact, truth be known getting to sleep on a Sunday night has to be one of the worst things of all. In a new sleep survey conducted by a UK firm, Willis Towers Watson, 35% of us struggle to get to sleep each and every week day night with the figure spiking on a Sunday evening. The study of 1,123 employees is an insight into the fact our lives are not only busier, we are more stressed, more strung out and are working longer hours.
The main difficulty cited was the inability to wind down after a busy day (51 per cent), followed by early starts (47 per cent), job worries (45 per cent) and late-night working (34 per cent).
The research follows the launch of the world's largest sleep study, which is recruiting 100,000 volunteers from around the world.
From this, scientists at Western University in Ontario hope to discover more about the effects of sleep deprivation on brain function.
Mike Blake, a director in WTW's health and benefits division, said the launch of the sleep study is a “clear indicator” that fatigue is becoming a serious workplace issue that employers can't afford to ignore.
“The work environment is no longer confined to the office, with the stress of heavy workloads creeping into home life,” he said.
“Whilst companies may benefit from a perceived 'increase' in productivity in the short-term, on-going stress, coupled with lack of sleep, can risk having an overall negative impact on operational performance.”
Although 65 per cent of those surveyed said tiredness has become a bigger workplace problem during the past five years, WTW found that just 12 per cent of Scottish employers proactively educate staff on the effect of sleep on general well-being.
“Employers who become more attuned to the needs of their workers outside the office are more likely to retain a happy and healthy employee base,” Blake added.
“Companies should aim to identify and tackle potential issues before they become a problem. Open dialogue is key to establishing a positive workplace culture that addresses and mitigates stress and fatigue.”
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