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£1.6bn cost of sick days taken by tired workers

22nd October 2010

A new study from healthcare group Bupa has shown that up to one in five workers have been so drained by a lack of sleep that they have called in sick over the past 12 months.

Figures suggest that this lack of sleep is costing British businesses £1.6billion a year through sick leave with findings showing that some 27% of workers regularly going to work tired and unrefreshed, with Monday morning being the worst time. Those who do not get enough sleep take an average of three days more sick leave a year than well-rested colleagues.

 

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