Poll: Do farmers get enough sleep?

A recent survey by Farmers Weekly confirmed that hard work and long hours are taking their toll on British farmers.

On average farmers work a 65-hour week – far exceeding the UK national average of 37 hours – and admit they have a poor work-life balance.

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Our Fit2Farm campaign therefore aims to highlight the importance of “healthy farmers to healthy farm businesses”.

The campaign shows how farmers can maintain and enhance their physical health and mental wellbeing by taking enough exercise, eating well and getting time away from the business.

But what about sleep? The survey suggested many farmers are running a sleep deficit.

In this week’s Farmers Weekly – available in print on Friday (30 November) – we take a closer look at this subject, exploring some of the reasons behind the problem and suggesting potential remedies.

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