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Americans Sleep A Lot On The Job

The Sleep Doctor poll of 1,250 working U.S. adults reveals: nearly half (46%) of American workers nap during the workday while they're supposed to be working (not on break) at least a few times a year, according to a new survey.

18% do it several times a week and 6% nap daily at work. About a third admit to missing deadlines or meetings because they were napping.

Remote and hybrid workers are more likely to take naps during work hours than in-person workers. On a weekly basis, 34% of remote workers take naps, compared to 45% of hybrid workers and 27% of in-person workers.

One in four remote workers have fallen asleep during a meeting.

Younger workers are also more likely to nap, as 54% of those between the ages of 18 and 34 admit to napping during the workday, while 46% of those ages 35 to 54 do and only 25% of those over 55 do.

Men are more likely to nap than women, with 52% of men reporting they nap at least a few times a year during the workday, compared to 38% of women.

The most common nap spots for in-person workers are their car (50%), their desk (33%), in a company designated napping place (20%) and even in the bathroom (9%).

As for how long they’re napping, 27% snooze for 15 to 29 minutes, 24% sleep for 30 to 59 minutes and 26% nap for less than 15 minutes. But 9% are sleeping for two hours, while 3% nap for three hours or longer.

Young woman sleeping in front of her laptop at home

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