Whichever statistic you look at - one in three people in the UK suffer from insomnia; or one in four from sleep disorders - it’s clear we have a sleep problem.
This is underlined by NHS data which reveals the number of people undergoing diagnosis for sleep disorders across England has doubled in the past decade.
In the City, pressures such as long hours, a competitive target-driven culture and difficulty switching off, leave us at risk of insomnia due to increased levels of stress and anxiety.
The negative effects of sleep deprivation are numerous, in the short term our immune system becomes compromised and more susceptible to illness, we feel exhausted, our concentration is impaired and our ability to make decisions is weakened. In the longer term we increase our risk of serious health conditions such as, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and strokes.
And it’s not just the employee who pays. It costs your employers through poor performance, lower productivity and higher staff absence. In fact, a study last year estimated sleep deprivation costs the UK economy over £40bn a year, or nearly 2% of GDP.
But the good news is that small changes can help you get a better night’s sleep. Read our straightforward advice to improve your bedtime routine and your sleep environment.
The Bank Workers Charity exists to support the health and wellbeing of the banking community.