Half of UK workers are losing over nine hours of sleep a week worrying about their job, according to new research by online jobs board Totaljobs.
A quarter of workers have a work-related nightmare at least once a week. The most common are:
- being late for work was the most common work-related nightmare (13%)
- the fear of being sacked (10%)
- an upcoming project (8%)
- showing up to work naked (7%)
25% of people have experienced work-related nightmares while they’re on holiday.
Psychologist and dreams expert Dr Ian Wallace believes that self-doubt and insecurity is the root cause of work-related nightmares.
“Dreams and nightmares are how we naturally attempt to resolve the accumulated emotional tension from all the information we unconsciously absorb everyday.
Most of this tension is generated from encountering conflicts and challenges at work, particularly with colleagues, and so it’s natural that our jobs count for a lot of our dream activity.”