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Sleepless Sunday fuelled by work worries

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A tired 84% of people have trouble sleeping on Sundays because they are worried about the week ahead.

This is according to a new poll by online recruiters, Monster. Of that number, over half experience this every week.

Globally the UK, Hungary and the US are topping the charts for sleepless nights triggered by stress at work, with 53%, 58%, and 51% respectively losing sleep over it every week. Workers in Spain (36%), Denmark (31%) and Norway (31%) are very restful, topping the poll for the countries that say they never suffer from work-related insomnia.

Workers in Finland also struggle to sleep at night, with 87% polled having some experience of problems dropping off at night. Irish workers also show the same trend, with 86% suffering some degree of sleeplessness.

Monster offers the following tips to those finding it hard to get enough zzz’s:

  • Focus on what goes well each day, rather than workplace problems. As you fall asleep, force yourself to review something good about the day.

  • Create a to-do list. Whether using an online resource or keeping tab of tasks in a spiral notebook, managing a to-do list can help you maximise your time and sleep better.

  • Take a holiday. If it has been a while since your last holiday, consider taking some time off to de-stress.

“A consistent lack of sleep not only impedes a worker’s ability to think clearly and decisively, it can create a vicious circle, leading to more stress on the job and creating additional sleep problems,” said Julian Acquari, managing director Monster UK and Ireland. “There are simple steps people can take to reduce the workplace stress that keeps them up at night, however, if sleep problems persist, they may want to examine their work situation.”

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