A quarter of workers sleep so badly on a regular basis that it’s impossible to concentrate on their job, a study has found.
The research shows the typical adult wakes up twice at least four nights out of seven. The findings emerged in a sleep report conducted by hotel chain Premier Inn, who studied the sleep patterns of 4,000 Brits. It found that the average person aims for seven hours of sleep every night, but three quarters of those polled never achieve this; as a result, one in four said a lack of sleep makes them cross and short tempered, with 17% remaining in a foul mood all day if they haven’t had enough sleep.
One in ten employees said they were likely to take out their sleep deprivation on colleagues – although partners bear the brunt of the insomnia.
The main reason for sleep disturbance is needing to go to the toilet, followed by a partner’s snoring and the sound of heavy rain the poll found; one in twenty of the adults studied said they wake up five times every night.
Some 30% of those who took part in the study said they were absolutely exhausted by the time they go to bed. The study also found it takes the average person just over 20 minutes to get to sleep.
The day of the week that adults sleep best is a Friday night with Mondays being the worst. The sleep report additionally found that 45% of people rely on an alarm clock to wake them up, although one in ten depend on their kids coming in their room to rouse them.
The study found that on a weeknight the average adult goes to bed at 10.48 pm but this extends to 11.18pm on a weekend.
Professor Kevin Morgan AcSS PhD AFBPsS, University of Loughborough, commented: “These results confirm that sleep disturbances are the most commonly reported psychological symptom in Britain, affecting our health, our relationships and our efficiency at work. ‘’Improving the nation’s sleep quality could make a major contribution to the wellbeing and prosperity of Britain.”