Lack of sleep costs £1.6bn per year

The sleepless population is costing UK industry £1.6 billion a year, according to a survey by Bupa.

More than a quarter (27%) of the working population suffers from restless nights, with Sunday night being the worst night of the week to get a good night’s sleep. This translates to three sick days per person per year due to just tiredness.

Bupa sleep expert, Dr Ian Mak from the Cromwell Hospital said: “Over long periods of time, lack of sleep can affect your decision making, your reactions and your judgement. It may even be a factor in the development of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and mental health problems.”

When it comes to sleepless nights, the research reveals that stress is a major contributor.

In Britain, close to a quarter (23%) of workers, report suffering from high levels of stress, with 66% feeling stressed and overwhelmed at least once a fortnight.

In fact in a working year, employees spend 40% (91days) of the time feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

The cost of a bad night’s sleep is not limited to sick days. Half of those questioned said they drag themselves into work feeling tired and un-refreshed more than 20 times a year.

Shattered workers are 23% less satisfied in their jobs and admit to low levels of productivity (24%) compared to their colleagues.

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