Top 10 Most Sleep Deprived Jobs in America: Is Your Career on the List?

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on February 28 2012 1:24 PM
Sleep Deprived Workers Pose Risks
Mattress company Sleepy's has conducted a study of the most sleep deprived and most well-rested jobs in America based on data from the CDC's National Health Survey. The company set out to discover which workers get the most amount of sleep and which tend to get the least based on their careers. Take a look at the top ten most sleep deprived and well rested jobs in America. Reuters

Mattress company Sleepy's has conducted a study of the most sleep deprived and most well-rested jobs in America based on data from the CDC's National Health Survey. The company set out to discover which workers get the most amount of sleep and which tend to get the least based on their careers.

The results of the sleep test may surprise you.

According to the study, the 10 most sleep deprived jobs in America are:

1. Home Health Aides  2. Lawyers  3. Police Officers  4. Physicians, Paramedics  5. Economists  6. Social Workers  7. Computer Programmers  8. Financial Analysts  9. Plant Operators  10. Secretaries

The workers that get the least amount of sleep in America may not be surprising. According to the study, the sleep-deprived workers average between 6 hours and 57 minutes of sleep to 7 hours and 8 minutes of sleep each night.  

Sleep deprived jobs seem to correlate with high pressure jobs or those that induce a lot of stress in their workers. The most sleep deprived workers include health professionals (home health aides, physicians and paramedics), police officers and lawyers.  

Unfortunately, workers in sleep deprived professions may be the ones who need the most sleep. A sleep deprived doctor or police officer, for example, might pose a risk to their patients or citizenry as the high pressure workers are often faced with life-threatening dilemmas. 

According to the study, the 10 most well-rested jobs in America are:

1. Forest, Logging Workers  2. Hairstylists  3. Sales Representatives  4. Bartenders  5. Construction Workers  6. Athletes  7. Landscapers  8. Engineers  9. Aircraft Pilots  10. Teachers

The most well-rested workers in America include forest or logging workers, hairstylists, sales representatives, bartenders and construction workers. According to the study, the well-rested workers average between 7 hours and 12 minutes of sleep and 7 hours and 20 minutes of sleep. Surprisingly, the difference between being considered well-rested and sleep deprived seems to be only a matter of minutes.

Despite the delineations in the study, most physicians recommend that adults average around eight hours of sleep per night. Many of the well-rested workers would fall below the doctor recommended average.

For the study, more than 27,000 adults were interviewed about their health behaviors. The data was collected by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). 

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