Joel Muckett 16 Oct 2017 02:13pm

Accountants are struggling for sleep

More than three quarters (76%) of accounting professionals admitted to having their day affected by a bad night’s sleep

The research, conducted by CV-Library in partnership with neuroscientist Jim Horne, explored the attitude of 1,300 accounting professionals towards sleep and the workplace, also revealed that 44% feel enervated on a regular basis.

For the majority of accountants (78.6%), stress in the workplace was the leading cause of disrupted sleep, with a further 90% admitting their emotions were affected by stress-related sleep disruption.

“There are many factors that can affect your performance at work and I’m sure we’re all familiar with the negative feelings that can follow a bad night’s sleep,” said CV-Library managing director Lee Biggins.

“While this is manageable every now and again, it can quickly become all-consuming if not dealt with properly and it’s concerning to learn that many workers aren’t sleeping well because of workplace stress.”

Biggins encouraged employees to speak to their managers if they were struggling, and suggested working from home or an earlier lunch break if they needed to make the working day a “little bit easier”.

Accountants also said sleep deprivation affected their ability to stay focused (83.7%), in addition to their ability to deal with challenging situations (59.2%) and complete tasks (36.7%).

Almost half (44%) of accountants said they wanted to have 7 to 8 hours of sleep regularly but only 22% achieved this, with the majority (60%) getting between 5 and 7 hours.

“Most work situations require individuals to make critical decisions, remain focused and complete tasks within a timely and efficient manner,” said professor Horne.

He added a “cause for concern” was that the longer a person was awake the more likely it was their mood and willingness to take risks would be negatively affected.

Managers were the most likely to have a bad night’s sleep and also the most likely to reference workplace stress as their main cause of sleep deprivation.