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Sleep Deprivation: Brits Struggle To Stay Awake At Work, Poll Finds

1 in 5 Brits admit to dozing off while on the clock, with late nights and overworking cited as main causes.

A poll of 2,000 Brits found 22% have drifted off while on the clock – due to late nights (45%) – working too hard (32%) – or even boredom (32%).

Others admitted to having 40 winks in nightclubs or bars (12%) and even dozed off at a wedding (5%).

And one in 10 have nodded off on the toilet, citing an overindulgence in food (25%) as another reason for dozing in atypical locations.

The research, commissioned by Samsung to highlight the Sleep Animals functionality on the Galaxy Watch6, also found others have caught some shut-eye at parties, theatre shows and on public transport.

The research, commissioned by Samsung to highlight the Sleep Animals functionality on the Galaxy Watch6, also found others have caught some shut-eye at parties, theatre shows and on public transport. PHOTO BY SWNS 

Clinical psychologist Dr. Julie Smith said: “If you fall asleep during the day without intending to, that is a clear sign of not getting enough sleep at night to stay healthy.

“This research suggests we could all do with working on improving our poor habits when it comes to our bedtime routines, but to do this we need to have a good understanding of our sleeping habits.”

The study also found 17% of adults would willingly try unusual methods to try and improve the quality of their sleep.

As many as 43% have avoided caffeine before hitting the hay in a bid to get a sound slumber, with the same percentage tucking into a good book before bed.

But 57% claim their disturbed slumber is due to overthinking, while a good night’s sleep is troubled by being too hot or too cold for 49%.

The research, commissioned by Samsung to highlight the Sleep Animals functionality on the Galaxy Watch6, also found others have caught some shut-eye at parties, theatre shows and on public transport. PHOTO BY SWNS 

And 32% blame working too hard as the reason for not getting their much-needed rest.

Noisy neighbors (22%), uncomfortable beds (21%) and nightmares (17%) are also to blame.

Of those who toss and turn at night, 40% struggle to get themselves off to dreamland in the first place because of money worries.

While, ironically, the worry of getting in their ‘zzz’s is stopping 36% from nodding off.

As a result, one in four find they struggle to sleep so often they’ve come to dread bedtime.

But 53% feel they prioritize sleep as much as they should, according to the findings conducted via OnePoll.

It also emerged just 12% have used a smartwatch to monitor their sleeping patterns, but 25% would like to learn more about their sleeping habits.

Annika Bizon, from Samsung UK, said: “Through analyzing the sleep patterns of millions worldwide, we’re able to understand how technology can play a role in helping people establish healthier habits.

“To start improving the quality of your sleep, understanding how you sleep is key.”

Produced in association with SWNS Talker

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