In news for the perpetually sleep-deprived, London Bridge station has been named home to the most tired passengers in the UK.
Research by Direct Blinds combed through the UK's busiest rail stations, looking at facts such as the number of commuters travelling during rush hour, as well as the number of early trains running from each station, to create an index of the stations with the most tired commuters.
And London Bridge, which operates overground and underground services serving 135,665 passengers daily, has 42 commuter trains on the most popular routes, leaving during the 6.30am-8.30am period for the daily rush to get to the office.
It was followed by London Waterloo, with nine morning rush hour commuter trains, which has 271,639 passengers daily, followed by London Liverpool Street in third.
The UK's stations with the most tired commuters:
1. London Bridge
2. London Waterloo
3. London Liverpool Street
4. Reading station
5. Birmingham New Street
6. London Victoria
7. Brighton Station
8. Liverpool Central
9. Gatwick Airport
10. Manchester Piccadilly
David Roebuck, managing director at Direct Blinds, said: “There was a strong North/South divide. People commuting in the North are able to get as close to their recommended eight hours of sleep every day as they can, whereas in London, the way of life in the capital may explain why commuters are having to catch the earliest trains for getting to work, which is costing them time in bed.”
In May, a study of more than 34,000 workers across all UK industries, developed by VitalityHealth, the University of Cambridge, Rand Europe and Mercer, found that longer commutes impact on people's health and productivity.
Those who commuted to work in under half an hour gain an additional seven days' worth of productive time each year as opposed to those with commutes of an hour or more.
And longer commutes appeared to have a negative impact on mental wellbeing too, with longer-commuting workers 33 per cent more likely to suffer from depression, 37 per cent more likely to have financial worries and 12 per cent more likely to report multiple aspects of work-related stress.