At least one million UK workers are ‘sleep drunk’ due to a lack of rest, with women and part-timers being more affected, according to new data of nearly 39,000 employed people.
The survey from vielife’s online health & wellbeing assessment, also shows that one in three or approximately 100 million European working adults suffer from ‘poor sleep’. These people, says vielife, are living in danger of a semi-conscious existence equal to repeatedly driving their car well over the alcohol limit.
The survey shows:
- Women are more at risk than men – 35% have poor sleep compared to 31% of men
- Depression has a profound correlation with poor sleep
- People working a five-day week generally have better sleep than people working more or less than five days
- Poor BMI, longer working hours, smoking, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, migraine and body pain, low job satisfaction, higher sick days and lower energy levels ALL correlate with poorer sleep
- 56% of people getting between five and seven hours sleep per night have high sleep risk, compared to only 6.25% of people getting 7-8 hours per night
- 33% of people are unhappy with their sleep and 90% of people with poor sleep are unhappy with their sleep
- 7-8 hours sleep per night appears to minimise sleep risk
Being ‘sleep drunk’ is caused by the tiredness felt after prolonged waking hours which has the equivalent effect as a raised blood alcohol level above the legal limit to drive, says vielife.
Tony Massey, vielife’s chief medical officer and ‘Sleep Doctor’ states: “Being ‘Sleep Drunk’ is a common issue that causes personal and work life issues and a healthy lifestyle is at the heart of solving it.”