Sleep favoured over socializing, poll suggests

Most Canadians would rather get a good night's sleep than go out to party, a new poll suggests.

More than 25% say they often go to work tired

Most Canadians would rather get a good night's sleep than go out to party, a new poll suggests.

The Conference Board of Canada said that during a typical work week, more than a quarter of people surveyed said they go into work feeling tired either every day (15 per cent) or most days (11 per cent).

Two-thirds said they would pick a good night's sleep over a fun night on the town, says Karla Thorpe, the group's director of leadership and human resources research, in a blog titled, "Running on Empty."

Canadians are running on empty when it comes to rejuvenating sleep, a poll suggests. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

"Perhaps not surprisingly, demands at home are a more significant source of lack of sleep for women (31 per cent) than for men (17 per cent.)," Thorpe said.

Parents were also more likely to say they go into work tired every day.

Similarly, Statistics Canada's 2005 General Social Survey also suggested that children deprive parents of sleep. Canadians with no children in the household got, on average, eight hours 18 minutes of sleep, but those with at least two children slept 25 minutes less and parents with one child slept 17 minutes less, based on sleep diary data. 

The Conference Board is highlighting lack of sleep and its effects on individuals' productivity on the job.

About 30 to 50 per cent of the population has regular problems falling asleep and staying asleep, said psychologist Dr. Norah Vincent, who heads a behaviour medicine sleep clinic in Winnipeg.

Opinion Search administered the telephone survey of 739 Canadian adults working either part time or full time from Oct. 24 to Oct. 29. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.