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76 percent of workers tired most weekdays

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The Virgin Pulse Institute announced the results of a study designed to better understand employees' sleep disturbances and offer actionable insight to both employers and their workforce.

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The research outlines why employers supporting sleep programs increase employee productivity, and how these programs help employees feel more appreciated and supported.

Leveraging an online sleep program from vielife, the Virgin Pulse Institute conducted a sleep study in November 2013 with approximately 1,140 employees, all Virgin Pulse members, from three U.S.-based companies.

Researchers found that 76 percent of employees felt tired most days of the week, 40 percent of employees doze off during the day once per month, 30 percent of employees were unhappy or very unhappy with the quality or quantity of their sleep, 15 percent doze off during the day at least once per week to once per day.

The Virgin Pulse Institute study found four key themes keeping employees awake at night: worry/stress, mental activity, physical discomfort and environmental disruptors.

Dr. Jennifer Turgiss, a co-author of the study and director of the Virgin Pulse Institute, said, "Showing up to work sleep deprived can be the equivalent of showing up to work intoxicated. Employees who don't sleep well have poorer concentration, poorer decision making abilities, are significantly less able to cope with stressful situations, and are more likely to make unhealthy choices."

Many factors within these categories kept participants awake, including: temperature too high or too low (85.2%); their partner (71.9%); unwanted noise (68.6%); light - too bright (52.8%); mattress (40%); young children (35.9%); and medical condition that disturbs sleep (10.2%).

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