We all know that feeling of exhaustion in the morning when our alarm goes off, yet you feel like you only shut your eyes a couple of minutes ago. You literally have to drag yourself out of your bed and get ready for work. You may even make yourself a victim of your snooze alarm, where you press the snooze button so often, you end up getting up far too late to be on time.

Hopefully this morning drag is something you experience very rarely, but, according to new research commissioned by bed manufacturer Sealy, as many as 70% of workers in the UK regularly go to work feeling exhausted. Something that leads not only to a lack of productivity in the workplace, but can also lead to tension/arguments due to grumpiness caused by lack of sleep and may, most worryingly lead to safety concerns due to tiredness.

Sealy Announces Campaign to Reverse Worker Sleep DeficitHere is a full list of the negative impacts Sealy found a lack of sleep affected employees in the UK:

  • 70% of employees felt they would function better at work if they had a better night’s sleep.
  • 77% of employees fail to get the sleep they need to feel healthy and happy.
  • 65% of employees regularly lose their temper with co-workers. Short-temperedness is a well-documented side-effect of a lack of sleep.
  • 30% of employees regularly suffer from a lack of productivity in the workplace.
  • 19% of employees admit to being late or even taking time off work due to over-tiredness.
  • 11% of employees have suffered an injury at work that they say occurred due to being tired.
  • 1 in 25 of us even admit to falling asleep during work hours.

During the research, the professions found to be most likely to wake up exhausted were found to be:

  • 86% of hospitality staff
  • 79% of those who work in the banking and finance industry
  • 77% of construction workers
  • 76% of retail staff
  • 76% of transport and communications workers

Sealy were so shocked and appalled at the results of their research that they have decided to work with a leading HR consulting form – Kate Russell of Russell HR Consulting – in order to raise awareness of sleep deprivation in the workplace. To do this, the firm and Sealy have worked together to create a ‘Common Sense’ guide that will be given to bosses across the UK, advising how they can encourage better sleep health amongst their employees.

Improving sleep wellness in the workplace should be common sense for employers – not just for safety concerns – but encouraging your staff to ensure that they are taking the appropriate measures to sleep better at night could actually equate to a better workforce. Your employees will be sharper-minded, less prone to arguments and less likely to have an accident in the workplace cause be over-tiredness.

It’s not just Sealy who are actively trying to improve sleep health in the UK, since Sealy have launched their campaign, the likes of Selfridges, Nike and the NHS have all shown interest in raising awareness of the importance of sleep in the workplace. You can find out more about Sealy’s campaign on their website.

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