Research also shows that two thirds are only achieving six hours sleep per night
The latest study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, reveals the struggles faced by education professionals when it comes to getting a decent night’s sleep.
According to the study, 83.1% of education professionals wake up at 6am or earlier every day for work. What’s more, 63.5% stated that they only get six hours of sleep per night.
In the study, 2,000 UK professionals were analysed on their sleep habits. The results showed that less than a third (32.7%) of workers in the education sector were getting the eight hours of sleep per night recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.
A further 37.8% of workers admitted to waking up as early as 5am every day.
When asked, just over half (50.9%) of education professionals think that waking up early benefits their career. When asked why,48.1% said it helps them stay ahead of their to-do list, while 40.7% said it improves work–life balance, and 11.1% said it teaches good work ethic.
However, this is only the case if you’re getting enough sleep. Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library comments on the findings, saying: “Getting the right amount of sleep can help you to stay healthy, alert and ready for the day ahead.”
The average morning routine
As part of the study, respondents were asked to describe what makes up their average morning routine. This included the following:
- Planning the day ahead (3%)
- Reading through emails (3%)
- Catching up on the latest news (4%)
- Browsing through social media (5%)
- Spending time with family and loved ones (6%)
- Networking (1%)
- Texting their partner (8%)
- Texting family (8%)
- Exercising (9%)
- Walking the dog (9%)
Those working outside education are also struggling to achieve quality sleep
Sleep deprivation is a chronic issue across the UK, for people working in all industries. Statistics from the NHS reveal that around £30 billion is lost every year in the UK due to sleep deprivation. What’s more, 200,000 working days are lost in the UK every year due to insufficient sleep.
Those working night shifts are, unsurprisingly, more easily impacted by sleep deprivation. Working night shifts comes with a 25-30% increased risk of injury compared to day shifts.
A lack of sleep can have serious implications on our health. The NHS reports that better sleep is the single biggest contributor to living better, yet 1 in 3 people in the UK suffer from insomnia.
Adults who sleep fewer than six hours per night have a 13% higher mortality risk than adults who sleep for at least seven hours. Furthermore, adults who sleep less than seven hours are 30% more likely to be obese than those who sleep for nine hours or more.
Improving your sleep schedule
Improving your sleep habits can help you feel more positive, energised and productive when it comes to tackling the day ahead.
Try to get into the habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including days off. Make sure these designated times give you enough time to achieve the necessary seven to eight hours of recommended sleep.
You should also try to develop a clear bedtime routine to help your body and mind wind down at the end of the day. Avoid bright screens in the hour before you go to sleep, opting instead to read a book or engage in some meditation.
Other helpful bedtime habits include avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the evening, keeping your bedroom cool and dark and writing a to-do list for the following day.