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93% of HR staff are kept awake thinking about work

A huge number of HR professionals (93%) have admitted to being kept awake at night thinking about work, according to research by Time4Sleep.  

The study of 1,000 adults looked into which professions are the most sleep deprived, what keeps workers awake at night and who is most likely to hit snooze on the alarm.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended that adults get seven to nine hours sleep each night, however the poll showed many professionals are getting much less than that.

Operations professionals were discovered to be the UK’s most sleep deprived workers with over half (57%) saying they sleep for six hours or less each night.

Almost half of accounts professionals (47%) get six hours sleep or less every night, closely followed by IT (45%) and administration professionals (45%).

Top 10 professions that get six hours or less sleep on average each night

  1. Operational 57%
  2. Accounts 47%
  3. IT 45%
  4. Administration 45%
  5. Sales 43%
  6. Shopfloor workers 42%
  7. Marketing 35%
  8. Director/Owner 33%
  9. Plumber/Electrician/Builder 33%
  10. Teacher 32%

The study delved deeper into what is keeping professionals awake at night and discovered work-related issues play on many different employees’ minds after hours.

Top five professions that are kept awake thinking about work-related issues

  1. HR 93%
  2. Marketing 89%
  3. Doctor/Nurse/Dentist 88%
  4. Lawyer 87%
  5. Artist/Designer 85%

Teachers are most likely to be thinking about the size of their workload during the early hours, with over a third (38%) saying this keeps them awake at night.

And despite many of us feeling the nerves the night before visiting the dentist, 47% of doctors/nurses and dentists say they are kept awake at night thinking about scary clients.

The poll also discovered the professions most guilty of hitting snooze on their alarms in the morning. Artists and designers were discovered to be the worst for hitting their snooze buttons, with more than one in ten (11%) admitting to snoozing their alarms ten times.

Doctors/nurses and dentists were close behind with nearly one in ten (9%) saying they hit their snooze button nine times on a morning. Some 13% of HR staff will hit their snooze button eight times on average before managing to get out of bed.

Jonathan Warren, director of, said: “It can be hard leaving your workload in the office and not to think about work late at night but it’s important we try and make our home a stress-free environment. Establishing a routine around bedtime and writing down your worries or thoughts for the day will help you unwind and make getting off to sleep easier.”