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Unemployed People are Sleep Deprived

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on March 9, 2011 at 8:00 PM
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 Unemployed People are Sleep Deprived

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.

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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.


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