SURVEY SAYS: Interaction Between Sleep and Work

We covered a survey that found many employees say thinking about work keeps them up at night.

By Rebecca Moore | March 20, 2017
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Has a lack of sleep affected your work or has work affected your sleep?”

The majority (86.7%) of responding readers indicated thinking about work has caused them to lose sleep, while 13.3% said it has not. Only 21.3% of responding readers have called in sick to work to catch up on sleep, and 78.7% have not.

Asked in what way lack of sleep has affected their work, 70.7% of respondents said it makes them less productive, and 51.7% reported it takes them longer to complete tasks.

Respondents also said:

  • It makes the day go by slower – 36.2%;
  • It makes me less motivated – 31%;
  • It affects my memory – 34.5%;
  • It makes me crabby with my coworkers – 24.1%;
  • It makes me make mistakes – 31%; and
  • It makes me resent my job – 15.5%.

Nearly all respondents (91.8%) reported they have had a dream about work, while 8.2% have not.

In comments left by responding readers, some offered other reasons for losing sleep besides work. A few shared their work dreams and some said dreams about work revealed answers to problems. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “In my fairy tale life, I leave the office at 5:00pm, don't bring any work home, get to bed by 10:00pm, sleep like a log and arrive fresh at work at 8:00am the next day, well rested and ready to go!” 

Thank you to all who responded to the survey!