Work Intrudes on Sleep

One in four workers (26%) feel they do not get enough sleep each night, and 60% of all workers say that a lack of sleep has negatively impacted their work, according to a CareerBuilder survey.

Nearly half of all workers (47%) say thinking about work keeps them up at night.

In addition, only 17% of all workers get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Half of workers (52%) log an average of five to seven hours of sleep each night, while 6% average less than five hours per night.

For some workers, hitting the snooze button in attempt to doze a little bit longer just doesn’t cut it. One in five workers (22%) have called in sick for the purpose of getting extra sleep.

“As Americans work extended hours, routinely take work home, and juggle two or more jobs on top of long commutes, sleep has become a casualty of the race for time,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “But lack of sleep undermines performance and can create a vicious cycle of working more hours to compensate for diminished productivity and having less time to sleep.”

Three in five workers (60%) say lack of sleep has had an impact on their work in some way, including:

  • It makes the day go by slower: 29%;
  • It makes me less motivated: 27%;
  • It makes me less productive: 25%;
  • It affects my memory: 19%;
  • It takes me longer to complete tasks: 13%;
  • It makes me crabby with my coworkers: 13;
  • It makes me make mistakes: 12%; and
  • It makes me resent my job: 8%.
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