Sunday, April 3, 2016

44% of American workers can't sleep at night

44% of American workers can't sleep at night

What’s keeping you up at night? If you’re like many of us, it’s work worries. 44% of American workers say they have lost sleep because they were worrying about work, with roughly one in four saying this happens to them at least once a week, according to a survey of 3,200 workers conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder. Another survey from 2013 of more than 1,400 employees yielded even higher numbers: three in four had lost sleep over work issues.

That may be because — even more so than in the past — work is stressing us out, often to the point of sleeplessness. Employee cases related to stress jump 28% over three years, according to data from employee wellness program provider Workplace Options, which looked at data from more than 100,000 employees, and has a vested interest in helping employees overcome this stress.

That said, psychologists and workplace consultants have seen a similar trend. “Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades,” according to The American Institute of Stress.

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