When compared to unemployed people, employed individuals get better sleep at
night, claim researchers from the University of Surrey. After studying 14,000
households in Britain it was found that unemployed people are 40% more likely
to be affected by disturbed or poorer quality of sleep. Majority of the people
who reported having a sound sleep were either highly educated with good jobs
and were married. Researchers have stated that a number of job related factors
affects the sleeping patterns.
Job satisfaction also affects the quality of sleep,
with 33% of the most dissatisfied employees reporting poor sleep quality
compared to only 18% of the most satisfied. People in professional jobs
had better sleeping patterns than those in routine jobs. While long and
stressful working hours were the reason of sleepless nights for professional
people. Only 6% people in management jobs were able to get 8-hours of sleep per
night. Snoring or coughing of one's partner was another factor which had negative
effects on one's sleep. 30% females and 20% men reported this as a problem.
Lead author of the study and sociology professor at the University of Surrey, Sara Arber said, "The
increased incidence of sleep problems
among the disadvantaged in society may be one factor leading to their poorer
health". She believes that inadequate sleep could be one of the factors for
poorer health among the underprivileged in society.