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Sleepless In Miami, Nashville And New York: Survey Finds 44 Percent Of Professionals Often Lose Sleep Over Work
- Younger employees (ages 18 to 34) more likely to lie awake at night
- More men (50 percent) experience sleeplessness over job-related issues compared to women (40 percent)
- Culprits include workload, difficult business issues and interpersonal relationships

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sleepless nights caused by work anxiety are taking a heavy toll on employees. According to new research from global staffing firm Accountemps, more than four in 10 professionals (44 percent) often lose sleep over work. Common causes of restlessness include an overwhelming workload, a looming business problem and strained coworker relationships.

Losing Sleep Over Work-Related Issues

Workers were asked, "How often do you lose sleep over work?" Their responses:

Very often


Somewhat often


Not very often





Among those who lose sleep over work, the following were cited as the root causes:*

Overwhelmed with work volume/hours


Can't get a business problem out of my head


Strained coworker relationships


Worried I may lose my job


My boss is a nightmare




*Multiple responses allowed


Additional findings:

  • Professionals in Miami, Nashville and New York most often lose sleep over work-related issues.
  • Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minneapolis have the highest percentage of respondents who cited they never miss out on rest.
  • Professionals ages 18 to 34 more often lose sleep over work (57 percent) compared to those ages 35 to 54 (45 percent) and 55 and older (29 percent).
  • Male respondents say they lie awake often (50 percent), while women are slightly less likely to (40 percent).

More than 2,800 workers were surveyed for the study. View an infographic to see cities where workers are losing the most sleep. See data tables that show reasons for restless nights broken out by age and gender.

"Work stressors can often follow you home, but try to check them at the door," said Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps. "If you have too much on your plate, schedule time with your manager to discuss possible solutions to alleviate the pressure, such as delegating work to others, adjusting deadlines or bringing in temporary help." 

Steinitz added, "Employee stress can lead to lower job satisfaction and engagement and higher turnover. Managers can support their teams by maintaining open lines of communication and planning regular check-ins to discuss workload and other worries."

More information about managing workplace stress can be found on the Robert Half blog.

About the Survey
The survey of workers was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 2,800 workers across 28 major U.S. cities.

About Accountemps
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 300 locations worldwide. More resources, including talent and job search services, can be found at


SOURCE Accountemps

For further information: Bianca De Rose, (650) 234-6022,