Research Finds Britons Are Too Stressed To Sleep

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8th November 2013 15:31 - Health

New research carried out by Champneys health spa has revealed that more than one in ten (12%) Britons claim to feel utterly exhausted all of the time, with over half (53%) feeling continuously drained. Reasons for this are thought to be due to people’s poor sleep quality, stress and thinking about work before going to bed. The research also suggests that lack of sleep can have an effect on someone’s mood and ability to function, in addition to this in the long term it can also lead to obesity.

The poll of 10,000 people found that women are twice as likely to feel absolutely exhausted as men (15% compared to 8% of men). The findings come after a study conducted by Bupa found that one in ten Britons are so stressed they are at ‘breaking point’.  Bupa’s findings reveal that those aged 45 to 54 are most likely to be stressed with; with the research also revealing that half (49%) women consider themselves to be suffering from stress compared to 39% of men.

Commenting on the findings, Professor Ellis, A Sleep Expert At The Northumbria Centre For Sleep Research, said:

“Sleep is fundamental to our health and wellbeing…it’s concerning that the amount of people who are taking their work, figuratively, through the stress and strain of their day, or literally, into the bedroom.  This blurs the boundaries between wake time and sleep time, making it even harder to get a good night’s rest”.

Professor Ellis goes on to recommend people take time to escape, mentally and physically, from their workplace to allow them to re-charge and relax – saying this will make it easier for them to sleep.

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