We all know that one of the leading causes of sleep deprivation is from stress at work. But have you ever wondered what the most sleep deprived profession is as well as the most well-rested profession? The answers to those questions may surprise you. While the accepted “norm” of the amount of sleep we need is around eight hours each night, many of us rarely get that exact amount. Let’s go over which careers are the best and worse for sleeping, so we can get you spending more hours on your comfortable botanical mattress and less hours stressing about work.
Below is the breakdown of the most sleep deprived and most well-rested professions, according to a study cited by the Huffington Post this past year.
Some of the worst offenders are occupations you might expect to see on a list like this. We know, for instance, that shift workers (like night nurses or paramedics) are at risk for sleep problems (not to mention heart disease and diabetes). And a 2011 study suggested that some 40 percent of police officers have a sleep disorder – causing many to fall asleep on the job.
The jobs on the well-rested side of the spectrum may be less stressful, according to a National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and also often involve daylight-only schedules in some instances (think construction or forestry), which limits late-night hours.
Let’s start with the most well-rested careers:
1. Forest and Logging Workers- Maybe it wouldn’t have been your first guess, but when you think about it, people who work outside only have a limited amount of time to work due to the limitations of daylight. Forest and logging workers average about 7 hours and 20 minutes of sleep a night.
2. Hairstylists- Once again, this does make sense when you think about the set hours a hairstylist works. Most don’t start their work days until around 10:00 a.m. and are finished around 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. Most do not work on Sundays or Mondays as well. They average about 7 hours and 16 minutes of sleep a night.
3. Sales Reps – Sales reps also have set hours of work that usually consist of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or some close variation. There is usually not a lot of outside or weekend work for sales reps which leaves them with ample amount of time for a good night of sleep, which averages about 7 hours and 14 minutes.
Now let’s move onto the most sleep-deprived careers…
1. Home Health Aides – Not surprisingly, home health aides are the most sleep deprived professionals according to the survey. They sleep around 6 hours a night, if they’re lucky.
2. Lawyers- Another one that probably doesn’t shock you, lawyers are the second-most sleep deprived professional. They average about 6 hours and 30 minutes of sleep a night, and at the retainer they’re charging you, they should be burning the midnight oil!
3. Police Officers- With the crazy hours and serious stress officers of the law are under, it’s no wonder they are the third-most sleep deprived professionals in the business. They average a little over 6 and a half hours of sleep a night.
Do you feel like your profession should be on one side of the list? Let us know! Happy Monday, try not to let work stress you out too much!
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