A new survey has revealed which professions are the most likely to result in a lack of sleep among Britons.
The study by hotel chain Travelodge found that 97 per cent of professionals currently get less than eight hours of sleep a night during the working week - the equivalent of two and a half years lost over the course of a working lifetime.
According to the research, company directors are the most deprived of sleep in the UK, averaging 5.9 hours of sleep a night.
This is followed by paramedics, tradesmen and hospitality workers with six hours a night, with police officers and factory employees getting just over this amount per night.
"A notable trend has emerged from the top ten list of sleep deprived professions. The majority work ever-changing shifts which are notorious for confusing your body clock, meaning disrupted sleep," commented Wayne Munnelly, director of sleep for Travelodge.
However, for those looking for a job that will allow them to get their full 40 winks, marketing executives were found to enjoy the longest sleep periods, getting an average of 8.5 hours every night.
Separate research findings released by Travelodge last month found that Britons believe Sundays to be the worst night for getting a good amount of sleep.