We recently published an article detailing research which showed people are more likely to sustain a work-related injury on a Wednesday than any other day of the week.

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According to Physio Med’s survey of 1,000 office workers, people are twice as likely to have an accident on Wednesday.

The study suggested the dip in mood causes people to become more accident prone mid-week.

However, new research from Lucozade Revive has potentially unearthed another reason for this – Wednesday is the day workers are most likely to nod off on the job.

Just over of fifth (22%) of 2,000 UK office staff polled have been so tired at work that they’ve taken a nap, with some people even catching forty winks at their desks.

Afternoon snoozes last between ten minutes and an hour, with the average nap time lasting an impressive 47 minutes.

One in ten sleepy workers have admitted to falling asleep in a meeting room or an office bathroom, while 18% liked the look of their desks as a comfortable resting place and crashed out there and then.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

…Who are the sleepiest workers of them all? The research revealed that 70% of women experience an afternoon slump that might lead to a quick nap at least once a week, compared to 58% of men.

A whopping 91% of people working in accountancy and financial services admit to experiencing an afternoon lull, and media and advertising workers are hot on their heels.

However, rather than the nature of the work, 63% of these blame a “heavy lunch” for their afternoon fatigue and 33% point the finger at drinking the night before.

Fatigue can cause accidents in itself, such as on the roads, while it can lead to clumsiness in other situations like in a work environment, increasing the risk of accidents.

If you have had an accident at work that was not your fault, and blame or negligence can be proved to lie elsewhere, we can pursue a workplace accident claim on your behalf.