Lazy Brits would opt for more time between the sheets (rather than catching up at work) if they were given an extra hour in the day, a study has revealed. Researchers found half of Brits would use any extra time to catch up on sleep as they claim to be constantly tired.
More than a third of workers admitted they think they could be in danger of burning out if their fast paced life continues.
In fact, nearly a quarter of all those polled admitted they’ve actually nodded off at work.
The poll by Premier Inn, to coincide with the clocks going back, found other things Brits would do to fill their time would include reading a book, playing with their children or, more commonly, sifting through emails at work.
Claire Haigh, spokeswoman for Premier Inn said:
”Sleep appears to be the number one priority for many adults and this research has revealed that we’re not getting enough.
”Aside from sleep, the study reveals that most Brits are choosing to catch-up on practical tasks, reinforcing how difficult it can be to juggle work, home life and social arrangements with getting a good night’s sleep.
”It’s worrying that so many people claim to be on the brink of burning out through their busy lives.”
A more productive 15% would make use of the additional hour by exercising or going to the gym.
Two thirds said it would just get eaten up with everyday tasks and a quarter said they would just catch up on sleep and not do anything productive.
With a quarter admitting they’ve nodded off at work, the favourite place for workers to grab forty winks is in their car, followed by a ‘chill-out’ area.
An opportunistic 17% of people have even nipped to an empty boardroom to catch up on their sleep, while a quarter of people even admitted to nodding off whilst at their desk – it’s no wonder when more than a third say that it’s work that robs them of their sleep, more than their social life or domestic chores.
Of those polled, 59% said they liked gaining the extra hour when the clocks go back, although 45% said it puts them ‘out of sync’.