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Stress at work ‘keeps millions awake at night’

MORE than half of Britons claim to be suffering from work-related stress and insomnia, a study finds.

It can take the average worker 40 minutes to get to sleep with almost a third of adults visiting their GP about the problem in the past year.

Sleep expert James Wilson said: ‘There are a number of reasons for the nation’s sleep struggles.

‘It is normal when we are stressed or anxious and in fight or flight mode for our bodies to struggle to drift off.’ More than half of people say a lack of sleep leads to more stress.

The research is bad news for employers, with the average sleep-deprived worker arriving late twice a month, costing the economy 221million in lost hours and £40billion each year. An average worker sleeps for five hours 42 minutes a night in the week, instead of the recommended seven to nine hours.

Winding down before bed, dimming the lights and performing activities that lower the heart rate can all help, said Mr Wilson.

Andy Baxter, of Philips Hue lighting, which carried out the study, said: ‘There is help out there to prepare you for sleep and help you wake up more easily.’