TEACHERS, civil servants, nurses and other public sector workers are losing sleep because of fears over pay and jobs, according to new research today.
A survey of 6,000 workers found a sharp increase in the number of public sector staff sleeping less than eight hours a night.
The most stressed workers last year were bankers and estate agents as the recession took hold of their professions, but public sector employees are now losing most sleep, the study found.
Job security, money worries and the prospect of a Conservative government were high on the list of reasons why teachers, civil servants, doctors and nurses lay awake at night.
Ewan Crawford, of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, said: "This research highlights that sleep deprivation is certainly a widespread problem across the UK.
"It’s no surprise that the public sector is hit the hardest in this year’s poll, especially as workers are so uncertain of their future.
"In contrast, it could be seen as the housing industry is moving upwards as estate agents are getting more sleep this year."