The UK's most sleep deprived commuters revealed

The UK's most sleep deprived commuters revealed

Commuters across the country could be suffering from sleep deprivation, with an analysis of Britain’s busiest train stations indicating where workers are most likely to be yawning into their lattes.

The north-south divide may be diminishing, but the research by Direct Blinds found that sleep illuminates those divisions, with the south and London in particular, dominating the list when it came to tired out locations.

The sleep deprived index was collated by assessing the number of passengers passing through a station each day, the number of trains leaving a station at rush hour and the volume of passengers getting the earliest trains per station.

London Bridge Station was named as the most sleep deprived station, having the highest proportion of early trains across the UK. The research found that 42 trains leave during the rush hour period from 6.30am till 8.30 am - twice that of its nearest rival and over three times the most sleep deprived station outside London. Many passengers were found to be catching trains before 7.30am to get to work on time.

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Commuters at Waterloo are unlikely to be as jolly as the ABBA tune, coming second in the sleep deprived index. Liverpool Street, London Victoria and Gatwick Airport station were also named in the top ten, and Birmingham New Street, Brighton and Liverpool were also likely to see bleary-eyed commuters stumble onto early trains.

David Roebuck, Managing Director at Direct Blinds, comments: “We were surprised to see that one station would stand out as much as London Bridge. We thought the likes of Waterloo, Liverpool Street would be some way up there, however they were a fair bit behind in our calculations, but it does seem that workers in the capital definitely need a caffeine hit to keep them going throughout the day.

“There was also a strong north/south divide. People commuting in the North are able to get as close to their recommended eight hours of sleep every day as they can, whereas in London, the way of life in the capital may explain why commuters are having to catch the earliest trains for getting to work, which is costing them time in bed.”

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