This Is How Much Sleep Bartenders Lose Over Christmas

TL;DR—a lot.

by Daisy Meager
13 December 2016, 12:09pm

Photo via Flickr user Adhi Anindyajati

Working in hospitality over the Christmas holidays usually involves cleaning up after monumentally drunk customers and listening to other people having a great time while you're stuck in a cramped kitchen.

As if that wasn't bad enough, a new survey has just revealed another way restaurant and bar work negatively impacts the lives of its employees at this time of year.

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According to UK drinks wholesaler Matthew Clark, those working behind the bar, waiting tables, and slaving over a hot stove get an average of just five hours sleep during the festive period. That's compared to the nine hours of shut-eye recommended by experts.

Maybe go easy on the waiter if he forgets your drink at the Christmas work party. Sleep deprivation is a bitch.

The survey, which questioned 1,000 people in hospitality about their work hours during the Christmas season, found that employees will also work an average of 28 hours of overtime. Combined with the poor slumber stats, this means that workers miss out on 120 hours of sleep.

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Sixty-four percent of hospitality workers surveyed also said that they regularly missed out on sleep when working over Christmas, with 10 percent saying they got as little as three hours. Dating, exercise, and running essential errands were rated as the top activities missed out on.

It's OK, bartenders. No one exercises over Christmas anyway.

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