Charity workers get more sleep, claims survey

Average number of hours has increased since last year, says hotel chain Travelodge

Despite worries about the recession, voluntary sector workers are getting more sleep this year than last year, a poll has indicated.

A survey of more than 6,000 workers from about 20 professions carried out last month by hotel chain Travelodge showed that voluntary sector workers were getting an average of seven hours and four minutes sleep in 2009, compared with six hours and 31 minutes last year.

It is over an hour more than teachers, the group that got the smallest amount of sleep with an average of six hours and three minutes.

Sales workers get the most sleep - seven hours 38 minutes on average.

However, work worries caused sleep problems for 43 per cent of charity workers - 10 percentage points higher than the cross-sector average.

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