Did you know the average person loses over 11 hours and 41 minutes of sleep a week due to work concerns?

Research shows that the workforce in London is desperately tired, with a third (32 per cent) saying they need more sleep during the week.

Shockingly, more than a third (39 per cent) even falls asleep at work once during their career.

Totaljobs, the leading online jobs board, commissioned research after Public Health England said employers need to tackle sleep deprivation.

Half have received negative comments from colleagues and accused of being unenthusiastic, unmotivated or even hungover when they are exhausted.

A fifth say they have an alcoholic drink on work nights to help them de-stress.

But despite this, 60 per cent don't offer any service to improve their employees rest.


  • The majority (55%) of employees have dreams about work
  • Brits are more likely to dream about work and their colleagues (34%) than about relationships, wealth or health
  • A fifth (21%) dream about being in a relationship with their colleague
  • Brits are twice as likely to dream about quitting their job (15%) than a pay rise or promotion
  • 1 in 4 (28%) have a nightmare about work at least once a week
  • A quarter (28%) have nightmares about work while they're on holiday
  • A third (29%) say they believe they have nightmares because they dwell on the mistakes they've made at work

Psychologist and dreams expert, Dr Ian Wallace, said: "Dreams and nightmares are how we naturally attempt to resolve the accumulated emotional tension from all the information we unconsciously absorb everyday.

"Most of this tension is generated from encountering conflicts and challenges at work, particularly with colleagues, and so it's natural that our jobs count for a lot of our dream activity.

"However, the work environments and colleagues we create in our dreams are not those actual places and people, but rather symbols of personal realisation and development.

"For example, dreaming about getting a pay rise or being promoted are subtle ways of recognising untapped talent that is waiting to be brought to the surface.

"Even a nightmare about being sacked indicates a chance to step out of your comfort zone and make your own career choices. Ironically, this actually demonstrates leadership skills and often results in promotion."