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1 in 7 workers have napped at work

According to new research from a memory foam mattress specialist, one in seven office workers claims to have & lsquo;napped’ at work.

Furthermore, three quarters of office workers claim that a lack of sleep & lsquo;regularly’ affects the quality of their work whilst & lsquo;work stress’ was labelled as one of the largest factors preventing people from a good night’s sleep.

A new study has revealed that the UK may well be a nation of & lsquo;corporate zombies’, unveiling the poor sleeping habits that regularly affect office workers around the nation. According to the results of the study from a memory foam mattress specialist, 77% of office workers admit that a lack of sleep & lsquo;regularly’ affects the quality of their work in a negative way whilst 14% admit that they have & lsquo;napped’ at work in the past in order to catch up on shut-eye.

The study was conducted by as part of research into the sleeping habits of Britons, particularly looking at the sleep that workers achieve. 1,711 men and women aged 18 and over subsequently took part, all of whom currently held full-time jobs in an office environment.

Those taking part were asked, “Do you always ensure you get enough sleep on a work night?” to which just 17% of those taking part said & lsquo;yes’. When asked to estimate how much sleep they achieved on the average work night, just 11% claimed to get & lsquo;8 hours ’ whilst just under one in four, 23%, claimed to regularly achieve & lsquo;around 5 hours’ of sleep each night. The majority, 37%, claimed to achieve & lsquo;around 7 hours’ of sleep on the average work night.

The study also looked at reasons behind a lack of sleep amongst office workers in the UK, asking those who felt that they didn’t get enough sleep reasons as to why this was the case. According to the results, over two fifths, 44%, of respondents admitted that & lsquo;worrying about work’ was a chief factor affecting their ability to get enough sleep whilst 30% claimed to stay up & lsquo;working/ reading emails’ in bed. Furthermore, 53% of all office workers taking part admitted that they felt they were required to be constantly & lsquo;on call’ for work and 39% took their work mobile phone to bed with them.

Of all respondents, 82% claim to have been contacted by their boss or colleague(s) outside of working hours for a work-related issue.

In addition, when asked whether or not a lack of sleep regularly affected the quality of their work in a negative way, just over three quarters, 77%, of the office workers taking part said & lsquo;yes’. 15% claim to have been reprimanded at work in the past for substandard work, as a direct result of not achieving enough sleep the night before.

When further asked to elaborate on how they felt their work was regularly affected in a negative way as a result of a lack of sleep, the majority of respondents, 56%, explained that they found it & lsquo;difficult to concentrate’ whilst 41% admitted that a lack of sleep caused them to make & lsquo;avoidable errors’ in their work. 20% explained that their & lsquo;attitude towards work and colleagues’ was affected in a negative way when they were tired.

In addition, 71% of office workers in the UK claim to have gone to work with a hangover in the past 12 months 85% of which admitted that their work was negatively affected.

When asked about the methods most commonly employed to improve work quality when feeling tired at work, the study revealed the most common answer to be & lsquo;drinking tea/ coffee’ for 57% closely followed by & lsquo;drinking energy drinks’ at 49%. 

Furthermore, the study revealed that one in seven, 14%, of those taking part admitted that they had napped at work in order to counteract tiredness. Of these, the majority, 59%, claimed to have done so at their desk whilst 20% admitted that they did so in the toilet.

Just 7% of those who had napped at work claimed that they were caught doing so by their boss.

Jed MacEwan of Ergoflex UK commented on the results, “Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for productivity at work, and our survey highlights the extent of the problem when it comes to overly-tired employees feeling that they’re constantly & lsquo;on call’ to the office.

"The fact that such an overwhelming majority of us (82%) have been contacted about work after-hours really underlines the way that our work/life balance is being blurred, and sleep seems to be taking a back seat. By neglecting the importance of sleep we really are risking becoming a nation of & lsquo;corporate zombies’, with both work quality and enjoyment suffering as a result."




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