Demanding schedules and high stress levels compel almost 78% of the corporate employees to sleep less than 6 hours every day leading to variety of sleep disorders and other health problems.

The ASSOCHAM survey findings revealed that “Loss of sleep has wide ranging effects including daytime fatigue, physical discomfort, psychological stress, performance deterioration, low-pain threshold and increase absenteeism”.

Women are at more risk as they suffer with more sleep problems than men. More than 50% of women said they frequently experience a sleep problem.

The survey involved 55 per cent participants representing age group 20-29 years, 26% from 30-39 years , 16% from 40-49 years ,02% from 50-59 years ,and 01% from the 60-69 years age group.

The survey was conducted in major indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabd, Pune, Chandigarh, and Dehradun. Nearly 200 employees participated from each city in the survey.

Delhi was found to be populated by most insomniacs in the country followed by Mumbai , Ahemdabad ,Chandigarh , Hyderbad , Pune ,and Chennai respectively.

18 corporate sectors were included in the survey with 17% from the IT sector.Othersector included engineering and telecom sector (9 %) , market research/KPO and media (6%), management, FMCG and Infrastructure ( 5%) ,power and real estate (4%) , education and food& beverages (3%), advertising, manufacturing and textiles employees (2%)

Survey findings also revealed that almost 36 per cent of the corporate employees are also suffering from obesity. It is found that obesity alone can modify occupational morbidity, mortality and injury risks that can further affect workplace absence, disability, productivity and healthcare costs.

Nearly 21 % corporate employees were found to be suffering with depression. High blood pressure (B.P) and diabetes are other diseases with a share of 12 per cent and 8 per cent respectively. Spondolysis (5.5 %), heart disease (4 %), cervical (3.0 %), asthma (2.5 %), slip disk (2 %) and arthritis (1 %) are the diseases that are mostly suffered by corporate employees.

Alarmingly almost corporate employees say that they ‘do not exercise’, 23 per cent do physical workout devoting less than 1 hour/week, 15 per cent of the employees exercise for 1-3 hours/week, 8 per cent of employees exercise for 3-6 hours/week and merely 7 per cent stay fit by exercising for more than 6 hours/week.

There are a number of physical and psychological factors that contribute to increase the risk of deadly sleep disorders including sleep apnea ,and insomnia are

• Lifestyle factors (e.g., poor sleep habits, excessive caffeine use)

• Environmental conditions (e.g., noise, extreme temperatures)

• Circadian system disruptions (e.g., shift work)

• Mental health disorders (depression, substance abuse)

• Medical disorders (e.g., hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular conditions, joint and low back pain)

• Neurological disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s and Alzheimers’ disease)

• Other sleep disorders (e.g., obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome)

• Stress (interpersonal, occupational, financial)

• Medication use, side effects, and discontinuation

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