Estate agents are the most likely profession in the UK to be getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, averaging only five hours and 50 minutes of shut-eye a night, a new study has found.
Travelodge conducted the survey of 4,000 British workers and found that after estate agents, lorry and taxi drivers, bankers, builders, accountants, lawyers and engineers are also missing out on their beauty sleep.
It suggested that this may be down to the credit crunch, as these are the industries that have been primarily affected by the economic downturn.
Indeed, financial and work worries were found to be the main thing keeping people awake at night, while staying late in the office was also a factor.
"We all know that money worries and job security are key drivers of stress which in turn, leads to significant sleep loss," Leigh McCarron, Travelodge's director of sleep, commented.
With a recent survey of business leaders by the Centre for Economic and Business Research and the Hay Group suggesting that 350,000 people could be made redundant as a result of the current economic decline, more sleepless nights may be ahead.