Not enough people are reaching the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night, according to the survey from Britain’s Sleep Council. The survey also examined how particular occupations affect sleep habits as
people in the legal profession – slept fairly well most nights
manufacturing and utility workers – slept very well most nightsHR workers said they are worst
HR workers – worst sleepers
wealthy people – 20% more good night’s sleep regardless of other factors
But it’s not only work that keeps us awake. The survey results revealed that worry and stress are foremost in our minds when we go to sleep. Noise and light also contribute a lot to the problem. Other factors may be day time napping,an uncomfortable bed, children, bed partner disturbance etc.
Sleep killing Job
According to the research published in the journal Workplace Health & Safety, a study of police officers found a strong link between working evening shift and getting fewer than six hours of sleep a day.
A Study in the International Journal of Cancer, showed that night shift raises the risk of breast cancer by 30%.
According to a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers in the journal Science Translational Medicine, sleeping against the body’s natural biological clock can increase the likelihood of developing diabetes or becoming obese.
Night shift work could have an impact on mental health. A study in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health showed that depression occurs at a higher rate among shift workers than non-shift workers.
What to do?
There are a number of simple tricks to improve your sleep no matter what your occupation or income is.
Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark and quiet.
Cut off your caffeine use early enough in the day.
And reconsider how you spend your last hour or so before bedtime.
Electronic gadgets are notorious sleep stealers. The blue wavelength of light emitted by cell phone, laptop, tablet, and television is particularly disruptive to your body’s natural melatonin production, therefore sabotage sleep.