One of the most common office conversations starts with, “You look tired. Late night?”
And the usual answer is “No. Just didn’t sleep well”. Whilst, at the same time, looking around enviously at colleagues who seem full of life and wide awake.
Don’t worry. You’re not alone.
Recent studies have identified 5 groups of people with significantly different sleep patterns – but they all shared some similar characteristics.
Which group do you fall into?
Dual income achievers
If you belong to this group you are most likely to be partnered and employed, working more than 40 hours a week, and often doing job-related work within an hour of going to bed.
As an early riser, you are nearly twice as likely as the other groups to get less sleep than you need to function at your best.
Over 30% of those in this category say they feel tired at least 3 days each week. Sleep disorders have caused some problems in their relationship because of sleeplessness.
The highly strung achiever
If you belong to this segment you are likely to be employed and work late hours that may include socializing with your business colleagues. You have the longest work week of all the groups. You sleep less than other groups but nap more, with two-thirds napping - often each week.
You feel like you need fewer hours of sleep each night to function at your best compared to the other groups and you believe you get as much or more sleep than you need.
BUT, you’re also likely to drink more caffeine than other groups and, as a result, 70% frequently experience a symptom of insomnia. You’re also likely to be an unmarried male and be part of the 50% who are overweight.