These tired workers appear to be further burdening the British economy. 28 percent of workers admitted to calling in sick after a bad nights’ sleep, totaling to about eight million sick days a year. The estimated related cost for employers totals to about $1.5 billion a year.
Further survey responses detail a dire state of sleep in the U.K. Below is the percentage of respondents who answered “true” to the following statements:
-Concentrating while driving to and from work is difficult after a bad night’s sleep: 33 percent
-Lack of sleep is to blame for inability to concentrate at work: 54 percent
-Day after poor sleep feels like a bad hangover: 56 percent
-It takes a couple days to recover from sleepless night: 45 percent
-Admit to being a “horrible person” when behind on sleep: 70 percent
-Skip morning shower to spend longer time in bed: 65 percent
-Take catnaps at the desk to catch up on sleep: 16 percent
-Nap in the work bathroom: 10 percent
The survey was undertaken for the hotel chain Travelodge. The original report was published in The Daily Telegraph.
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