Did you know that ‘culture vultures’ are far and away the most likely people to turn to meditation to help them get to sleep? Or that people working in Human Resources are the biggest group never to take sleep remedies?

According to The Sleep Council’s Great British Bedtime Report* there’s a real connection between the world of work and our bedtime habits.

“There’s a definite link between what people do and how and when they sleep,” says Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council. “Our figures would also seem to reinforce a few stereotypes.”

‘Culture vultures’ for example – those working in arts and culture – are far and away the most likely to choose meditation (21% of those questioned as opposed to the national average of 8%) or homeopathic remedies (18%, national average 7%) as ways of getting to sleep. They are also the most likely group of workers (57%) to be kept awake at night by worry and stress; the most likely to go to bed after midnight (36%, national average 19%); but also the most likely to get a hefty eight to nine hours sleep a night (at 15%, that’s more than twice the national average of 7%). They are also far more likely than other occupations (31%, national average 13%) to be kept awake at night by an uncomfortable bed.

People working in legal professions are the most likely to get a good staple seven to eight hours sleep a night with almost a third (32%, national average 22%) saying they get that amount.

Those in architecture/engineering/building get the least sleep with 72% of them saying they get less than seven hours a night. Interestingly, when it came to asking respondents what kept them awake at night, this was also the biggest group laying the blame on a daytime nap.

By occupation, those working in HR are the biggest group (57%, national average 49%) to never take sleep remedies.

Nearly a quarter (23%) of those working in sales, media, marketing, architecture, engineering and building turn to alcohol to help them sleep. But here again, the ‘culture vultures’ reign supreme with more than a quarter (26%) choosing this option.

When it comes to a typical weekday bedtime, ‘legal eagles’ are the most likely to be tucked up between the sheets by 9-10pm (17%, national average 10%). For those in finance, the ‘witching hour’ is between 10-11pm with nearly half (46%) switching the light off between those times. More than a third (35%) of IT and telecoms boffins leave it until 11-12pm.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, those working in education are the most likely to read before turning over (49%, national average 41%).

Watching television is a universally popular ‘last thing’ pastime, particularly among people in architecture (45%), those in sales/the media (44%) and finance and IT and telecoms (42%).

Sales, media and marketing types are among the most likely to pay more for their bed with 13% paying between £1-2K along with those working in the legal profession.  18% of this group said they spent at least £1K for the bed they sleep in.

Said Jessica Alexander: “With beds it’s very true to say that you get what you pay for – so perhaps it’s no surprise that as well as being among those most likely to pay a reasonable amount for a decent bed, people in the legal profession are also the most likely to get a regular seven to eight hours sleep a night. Case rested!”

* Note to Editors: The research for The Sleep Council was carried out online by Opinion Matters between 02/01/2013 and 23/01/2013 amongst a panel resulting in 5007 respondents (UK adults). All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).

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