What's Your Dream Job?
Nearly three quarters of Brits are struggling to get a good night’s sleep because of work worries, a new survey from leading bed makers Slumberland has revealed. A staggering 69% of adults said problems at work made it difficult to fall asleep, which may have negative implications on health – even raising the risk of cancer.
The online survey of 3,000 adults was conducted by Slumberland as they launch their limited edition “Pink Bed” to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer, with £50 from every sale going directly to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.
The link between sleep and breast cancer has been explored by numerous scientific studies. With the Pink Bed and association with the Pink Ribbon Foundation, which provides financial support to UK breast cancer charities, Slumberland is encouraging people to ensure they invest in their beds and get the best quality sleep possible for their general wellbeing.
In 2008 the British Journal of Cancer published a study that indicated that lack of sleep can greatly increase the risk of breast cancer, with women who slept 6 hours or fewer every night having a significantly higher risk. Those who slept 6 hours or fewer each night had a 62% higher risk of getting breast cancer, whereas those who slept 9 hours or more every night had a 28% lower risk. (Sleep duration and the risk of breast cancer: the Ohsaki Cohort Study, http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v99/n9/full/6604684a.html )
Slumberland’s survey of 3,000 adults showed work worries is a major obstacle that prevents people from getting that all-important quality sleep, which could be affecting the nation’s health. Half of those surveyed agree that the recent credit crunch and recession mean they worry about work more than they used to.
24% say that their general heavy workload plays on their mind at night and an anxious one in five said worrying about a particular problematic task prevents restful sleep.
Slumberland’s poll also revealed 61% of people believe they would sleep more soundly if they landed their dream job.
The survey shows that 39% of UK adults wake up in the early hours fretting about their careers at least once a night. More than a third of people polled said they toss and turn when they are agitated in their sleep and disturb their partner with their apprehension about work.
Even those who do manage to nod off don’t necessarily escape work worries: nearly a third (29%) dream about jobs at least twice a week. Sundays are the most common night for a work related dream.
Chris Tattersall, Sales & Marketing Director for Horatio Myer & Co Limited said: “It’s understandable that people dream about work as it’s such a key part of our lives, but it’s important not to let stress levels affect sleep. Getting enough rest is directly linked to performance and health: it is ironic and unfortunate that stress from jobs seems to be a barrier to the sleep needed to function and recover.”
It’s no wonder so many people spend time fretting about their jobs when 46% of those polled in Slumberland’s survey said they check their phone for work related emails as soon as they open their eyes.
And 40% said they feel like they are back in to the grind of work before they are even up and dressed.
Chris Tattersall continued: “Slumberland promotes wellbeing for all the family. We should all be doing our utmost to ensure we get the best night’s sleep possible: adopt a nighttime routine, switch off lights and electrics, and invest in a comfortable, supportive bed.”