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Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, who has also contributed to numerous national business titles including Utility Week, the Municipal Journal, Environment Journal and consumer titles such as Classic Rock.
May 20, 2018

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One in three stressed workers check emails at night

A third of stressed-out workers regularly check their emails in the middle of the night, according to new research.

A study by mattress manufacturer eve Sleep in partnership with Mental Health UK also found more than three quarters (79%) of people struggle to switch off at bedtime.

In addition, the study found six in 10 people often wake suddenly at night, thinking about work and other worries.

And 40% of those who suffer from stress-induced nightmares said they have recurring themes, such as being chased, falling or social embarrassment.

The research also found 83% of people said feeling stressed directly affected their ability to have a good night’s sleep.

Stress is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and this research very clearly shows the impact stress is having on how we sleep, particularly as a result of work situations,” said Mental Health UK’s head of corporate partnerships, James Fletcher.

“This year we want to help both managers and employees to manage stress and build resilience in the workplace so we hope partnerships like this one with eve, can go some way towards starting, and giving momentum to, this important conversation.”

The research also found and as a result of an anxiety-ridden bad night’s kip, almost one fifth have been forced to take a day off from work – although two thirds haven’t revealed the reason why to their employer.

And more than half of those surveyed said periods of stress not only affect their own sleep but that of their partner too.

“We wanted to look into the link between your mental wellbeing and your sleep, and this research clearly shows that once the lights go out, not many Brits are sleeping easy,” said eve Sleep’s co-founder and chief executive, Jas Bagnirewski.

“Our aim at eve is to create beautiful products that help you sleep better – but it’s important to acknowledge that even with the best mattress in the world, there’s a lot more to consider if you’re going to have a restful night.”

Eve Sleep is also donating £5 from every mattress sale until 20 May to Mental Health UK.


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