Can the size of your salary determine your quality of sleep?

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Article from Medical News Today

Occupation and pay has an effect on our quality of sleep, according to The Great British Bedtime Report from the UK’s Sleep Council.

The research for the report was conducted using an online poll in January of this year. More than 5,000 UK adults completed the survey, which asked them questions about their bedtime habits, occupation and household income.

According to the report, couples who have a household income of less than around £35,000 a year are less likely to sleep together.

The survey showed that of those who earn below the £35,000 threshold, 77% of couples say they sleep together every night, compared with 82% of those earning over £35,000 per annum.

Occupation determines a good night’s sleep

Additionally, the survey showed how different occupations can affect how a person sleeps.

Those who work within arts and culture are the most likely to be kept awake at night through worry and stress, and are also the most likely to go to bed after midnight.

People who work within legal professions are the most likely to get the recommended 7-8 hours sleep each night, while those working within the architecture, engineering or building professions are the most likely to get less than 7 hours sleep each night.

The report also noted that around 23% of those working in sales, marketing, architecture, engineering and building, used alcohol as a way of helping them sleep.

Stress-induced insomnia can cause health issues

This is the latest report to show that work and money worries can lead to stress, which in turn, can have a major effect on our health.

A stress-filled job can lead to periods of insomnia, according to the stress and insomnia webpage from the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). They add that stress can cause “hyperarousal,” which can upset the balance between sleep and wakefulness and lead to various health issues.

A 2012 study from University College London suggested that stress caused by work could increase the risk of heart attack.

Another recent August 2013 study from UC Berkeley suggests a link between sleep deprivation and obesity.

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