Most HR staff are kept awake thinking about work

New research reveals that 93 per cent of HR staff are kept awake at night thinking about work.

A huge number of HR professionals (93 per cent) admit to being kept awake at night thinking about work, according to new research by Time4Sleep.

The study of 1,000 adults looked into which professions are the most sleep deprived, what keeps workers awake at night and who is most likely to hit snooze on the alarm.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended that adults get seven to nine hours sleep each night, however the poll shows many professionals are getting much less than that.

Operations professionals were discovered to be the UK’s most sleep deprived workers, over half (57 per cent) say they sleep for six hours or less each night.

Almost half of accounts professionals (47 per cent) get six hours sleep or less every night, closely followed by IT (45 per cent) and administration professionals (45 per cent).

Operational (57 per cent), accounts (47 per cent), IT (45 per cent) and administration (45 per cent) sit at the top of the table of professions that get an average of six hours sleep or less.

Sales (43 per cent), shop floor workers (42 per cent) and marketing (35 per cent) sit in the middle, while director/owners (33 per cent), plumber/electrician/builders (33 per cent), teachers (32 per cent) prop up the top ten.

The study delved deeper into what is keeping professionals awake at night and discovered work-related issues play on many different employees’ minds after hours.

Top five professions that are kept awake thinking about work-related issues are HR (93 per cent), marketing (89 per cent), doctor/nurse/dentist (88 per cent), lawyer (87 per cent) and artist/designers (85 per cent).

Teachers are most likely to be thinking about the size of their workload during the early hours, with over a third (38 per cent) saying this keeps them awake at night.

And despite many of us feeling the nerves the night before visiting the dentist, 47 per cent of doctors/nurses and dentists say they are kept awake at night thinking about scary clients.

The poll also discovers the professions most guilty of hitting snooze on their alarms in the morning. Artists and designers were discovered to be the worst for hitting their snooze buttons, more than one in ten (11 per cent) admit to snoozing their alarms ten times.

Doctors/nurses and dentists were close behind with nearly one in ten (9 per cent) saying they hit their snooze button nine times on a morning. Some 13 per cent of HR staff will hit their snooze button eight times on average before managing to get out of bed.

Jonathan Warren, director of Time4sleep, says, ‘It can be hard leaving your workload in the office and not to think about work late at night but it’s important we try and make our home a stress-free environment. Establishing a routine around bedtime and writing down your worries or thoughts for the day will help you unwind and make getting off to sleep easier.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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