With one in three of people in the UK experiencing problems with sleep, new research today reveals that each full-time employee on average loses eight and a half work days every year due to poor sleep.
While a significant proportion of the UK suffers from poor sleep at any one time in their lives, research reveals that the vast majority of these individuals do not seek remedies for their conditions. It found that:
- Seventy four percent of respondents in full-time employment suffer from “non-restorative sleep,” defined as problems with sleep quality in the absence of normal sleep pattern disruptions.
- Poor sleepers -- those who reported their sleep quality as less than “Average” -- missed 14.6 days of work per year, almost twice as many as the average employee.
- Three-fifths (60%) of these same respondents did not consult their doctors about poor sleep.
British respondents also said that poor sleep negatively impacted many different parts of their everyday living:
- Professionally, concentration (at 46%), ability to complete work (38%) and staying awake during the day (27%) were cited as the three top issues affecting workplace productivity.
- Personally, respondents said that energy levels (60%), mood (48%), relationships with other people (35%) and physical health (28%) were the areas most impacted by their poor sleep.
- One out of five respondents also reported that they had fallen asleep while driving in the last year.
“Poor sleep is a huge productivity killer which has been ignored for too long” said Peter Hames, CEO and co-founder of Big Health. “But employers are now starting to wake up to sleep - we’re working with some of the world’s leading companies to help them improve the sleep of their workforces with Sleepio, and seeing massive improvements in effectiveness and general health as a result.”