Burnout | These are the industries with the most sleep-deprived staff

These are the industries with the most sleep-deprived staff

New research into industries with the most sleep deprived and the best-rested employees has shed light on the impact that burnout continues to have in the UK.

Get Laid Beds conducted research into which professions result in the most and least sleepless nights, based on a survey of over 3,000 working individuals.

The research looked into which job types cause professionals to get under five hours of sleep and which job types allow professionals to get over seven hours of sleep a night, on average.

Half of those working in the energy and utilities sector get over seven hours sleep, the most of any of the 23 professional areas analysed.

The research revealed the industries where employees are most likely to suffer with a bad night’s sleep were:

  • Science and pharmaceuticals

  • Business, consulting and management

  • Leisure, sport and tourism

  • Healthcare

  • Law enforcement and security

In comparison, the industries that admit to getting, on average, more than 7+ nights sleep a night were:

  • Energy and utilities

  • Marketing, advertising and PR

  • Sales

  • Transport and logistics

  • Recruitment

Well over a third (44.95%) working in marketing, advertising and PR also manage to get over seven hours sleep per night.

A close third (44.19%) were those working in sales, who get over seven hours sleep on average per night, making it the third best-sleeping profession.

Katherine Hall, Sleep Expert at Somnus Therapy, commentedon the research: “There’s no surprise really that, stereotypically, the most stressful careers lead to the least amount of sleep. Those that work in the likes of law-enforcement and healthcare are often dealing with situations that will play on their mind, while those in the business sector, especially the likes of owners and CEOs, are forever pondering about when the success of their organisation, or overthinking work situations.”

Contrastingly, only a fifth of people working in the science and pharmaceuticals sector admitted to getting more than seven hours of sleep, followed by a quarter of those in the business sector.

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Sleep deprivation’s impact on the workforce

The above research has put the spotlight on the huge cost caused by sleep deprived and mentally unwell employees.

In fact, Unmind’s report – based on two studies conducted in collaboration with the University of Sussex – examined presenteeism in employees experiencing poor sleep or depressive symptoms, before and after being given relevant Unmind exercises to complete over a four to seven week period.

Results from these studies showed:

  • Presenteeism in participants suffering from depression (average 41%) dropped to just over a quarter (28.7%) – equating to a weekly average cost saving of £75.22. Over the year, this equates to £3,912 per employee.

  • Presenteeism in subjects suffering from lack of sleep (average 43.7%) dropped to just over a quarter (27.2%) – equating to an annual average of £5,049 per employee.

These studies were conducted to test and highlight the effectiveness of the brief interventions available on the Unmind platform for both depressive symptoms and poor sleep - but have also showcased how businesses could be losing vast amounts of money by ignoring the mental wellbeing of their staff.

Speaking on the findings, CEO and Co-Founder of Unmind, Dr. Nick Taylor said: “Shortfalls in productivity from employees struggling with their mental health can have a serious financial impact on businesses – let alone on the wellbeing of individuals themselves. While staff wellbeing should be the top priority for any business, viewing this through a financial lens can help bosses understand that workplace wellbeing can go beyond the scope of the individual.

“Unmind is proud of its science-based approach to mental wellbeing, and these studies show that the platform can help individuals take proactive steps to manage their own mental wellbeing – improving their productivity while also reducing the cost of presenteeism in the workplace. It’s about driving real cultural change around workplace wellbeing.”

Dr Marcos Economides, Head of Research at Unmind, added: “The explosion of digital mental health services and wellbeing providers in recent years has moved us closer to solving one of the key challenges of the mental health crisis we see before us – unfettered access to effective support. However, in order to ensure we build and maintain the trust of users, it’s imperative we know that what we’re offering works – and this can only be achieved through scientific rigour.

“We here at Unmind are dedicated to providing evidence-backed solutions to help our users create healthy routines to better manage their mental health. We’re proud that our recent studies, which uphold the highest standards of research best practice, have shown the power of our platform and the change we’re able to make in people’s lives, and also the companies who work with us.”

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