Money worry and stress causing Britons to sleep lateAugust 22nd, 2008 - 12:25 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 22 (IANS) Britons are going to sleep later because of stress and financial worries. The average Briton hits the bed at 11.04 p.m., unlike at 10.47 p.m. a year ago, a new survey reveals.A quarter of adults now do not climb into bed until midnight and one in 10 are still awake at 1 a.m., according to a study of 3,000 people.
More than 61 percent said they ended up falling asleep on the sofa because they were so exhausted at the end of the day.
However, the poll revealed that even when all Britons finally get to bed, 79 percent of Brits find it hard to get to sleep.
Over a quarter say the main reason they have trouble nodding off is because they are worrying about financial issues and relationship problems.
More than a quarter toss and turn because they are too hot or cold and 26 percent struggle to get some shut-eye because they are stressed about their job.
A spokesperson for nocturnal cramp treatment Crampex, which carried out the survey, said: “Hectic lifestyles and long working hours means Brits are now going to bed later than ever before. Trying to unwind at the end of the day can be difficult when you feel pressure to do chores in the home, cook dinner, exercise or catch up with loved ones.”
Half say their lack of sleep has an effect on the quality of their work, with 53 percent of those saying they find it hard to concentrate on their job. And 48 percent of people have little or no motivation and 35 percent feel irritable and moody. More than 39 percent of people argue with their partner because they are so tired.
Researchers also discovered that the average Brit gets just over six-and-a-half-hours sleeps every night - 1.5 hours less than the recommended amount. Even that sleep is interrupted at least thrice a week, The Telegraph reports.