Divorced middle-aged men 'get worst sleep'
The study has revealed that divorced male lawyers in their 50s, who live in London, are Britain's worst sleepers.Updated: Aug 04, 2008 13:09 IST
Are you a divorced middle-aged man? Well, this won't help you sleep, suggests a new study.
Researchers in Britain have found that separated men in their middle-age are becoming more and more short-tempered, emotional and are also underperforming at work due to a lack of shut-eye every night.
The study has revealed that divorced male lawyers in their 50s, who live in London, are Britain's worst sleepers -- in fact, they only get an average of four hours sleep each night which seriously affects their day-to-day lives.
An average adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep everyday, according to experts.
Interestingly, the researchers have found that single female bar workers in their 20s are the United Kingdom's best sleepers with around ten hours sleep a night, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.
In fact, for their study, the researchers from market research organisation GFK NOP surveyed 2,000 adults across the country to reveal what disturbs their sleep at night.
"The survey results show just how big a problem lack of sleep can be for some people and the havoc it can wreak on our personal lives," Steve Simpson from Silentnight was quoted as saying.
The majority of those polled nationwide said a lack of sleep had an adverse effect on their everyday life.
A massive 93 per cent of people in East Anglia said that they are bad-tempered without a good night's sleep and 31 per cent of people in the East Midlands suffer from a lack of sex drive after having lost some shut-eye.
Just under half of people in East Anglia (43 per cent), 40 per cent of those in the south-west of England and 40 per cent of those in Scotland said that not being able to get comfortable affected their sleeping patterns.