The less sleep you get, the more likely you are to quit your job

I’s a fine line between how much sleep makes someone happy – or not. There’s a link between lack of sleep and workers seeking other employment.

Being tired has more of an impact on your job that you might realize – not simply in lost productivity and diminished performance, but workplace satisfaction and whether or not to go looking for another job.

Mattress review website The Sleep Judge surveyed over 1,000 Americans across various industries about sleep and work satisfaction.


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The first interesting finding: it’s a fine line between how much sleep makes someone happy – or not. Respondents were “satisfied” with 7.3 hours of sleep, but “dissatisfied” with 6.1 hours.

Lack of sleep leads to attrition

There’s a link between lack of sleep and workers seeking other employment – and also, the opposite is true as well.

  • Only 21% of workers who were satisfied with the amount of sleep they got were searching for another job.
  • However, 39% of workers who were dissatisfied with their amount of sleep were searching for another job.
  • These sleepy job-searchers were highest in wholesale/retail, technology, and hotel, food services, and hospitality.

The likelihood of an employee looking for work elsewhere went up per each day they came to work tired. Employees who came to work three days a week tired were 33.3% more likely to go looking for other employment; people who worked six days a week tired were 52.8% more likely to seek other employment.

The most satisfied with sleep

However, the opposite is true as well. Employees who are rested aren’t looking to leave. Nearly four in five employees who are satisfied with their sleep are not looking for another job.

Another discovery: the higher up on the org chart a person was, the more satisfied that person tended to be with their sleep.

Executive are 36% more likely to be happy with their sleep than entry-level employees. In fact, from entry-level employees, who have the lowest sleep satisfaction (53.7%), sleep satisfaction only goes up from there – from management (55.3%), to middle management (66.9%), to executive (76.9%).


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Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.