New research looking into the sleep quality of Britons working in different careers has uncovered that those working in retail, marketing and IT are likely to enjoy the longest amount of slumber each night; with those working in healthcare, education and law enforcement being the most sleep deprived.
According to new research by home interiors specialists Hillarys.co.uk, ones chosen sector of employment, and how much they earn, has a huge impact on the amount and quality of sleep they get on a typical night, with those earning between £25,000 and £35,000 a year sleeping an average of 7.5 hours a night.
More than 3,000 Britons aged 18 and over and in full-time employment were polled for the purposes of the study and asked a series of questions related to sleeping patterns and their daily work commitments that might impact the amount of rest they secure on an average night.
One in three respondents (34%) said that that they thought that they got the correct amount of sleep per night, whilst the remaining two thirds admitted that they get less sleep than they need. More than half (52%) confessed that stress or worries related directly to their job either kept them up late or led them to have bouts of insomnia ‘at least once a week’.
Nearly three quarters (74%) said that they regularly need to resort to energy drinks or coffee to keep them feeling alert during their working day, with over two fifths (41%) stating that this caffeine consumption has a negative impact on their ability to switch off later in the evening.
Respondents of a variety of professions were asked to reveal the amount of sleep they manage to fit in on an average weekday night, to the nearest quarter of an hour, with the breakdown of the top five most sleep-deprived industries revealed as follows:
- Healthcare workers – 4 hours 45 minutes
- Teachers/Professors – 5 hours 15 minutes
- Police officers – 5 hours 30 minutes
- Journalists– 5 hours 45 minutes hours
- Financial Sector workers – 6 hours
Comparatively, those working in the following industries stated they slept the most:
- Retail – 8 hours 30 minutes
- Marketing – 8 hours 15 minutes
- I.T – 8 hours 15 minutes
- HR – 7 hours 45 minutes
- Foodservice – 7 hours minutes
When correlating the yearly salaries of respondents alongside how much sleep they managed each night, those earning between £25,000 and £35,0000 a year managed the most sleep, equalling 7 hours 45 minutes a night on average. Subsequently those earning less than £15,000 sleep 6 hours 45 minutes a night, and those earning £70,000 + sleep just 5 hours 45 minutes.
More than a fifth of respondents (21%) admitted that they would be open to a profession that paid a lower salary if it meant less stress, worry and ultimately a better night’s sleep as a result. On the contrary, it was found that 62% of respondents would choose a higher salary and less than 6 hours sleep per night over a lower salary with the recommended 8 hours sleep per night. Additionally, 12% stated that they were hoping to leave their current place of employment in the coming months to help deal with their levels of job stress and worry.
Finally, despite one fifth of respondents admitting that they were worried that a lack of sleep was affecting their health negatively, only a quarter of these individuals stated that they were actively taking steps to improve their night time routines.
Lucy Askew, spokesperson for www.Hillarys.co.uk, commented:
“As both our professional and personal lives get increasingly more demanding, the average amount of sleep we’re averaging a night seems to be falling into rapid decline. Putting pressure on yourself to perform better in your career is one thing, but not at the cost of your physical or mental health. We need to be well rested in order to perform at our best, and getting any less than needed can have a serious impact on performance at work.”