Longer Work Days Leave Americans Nodding Off On the Job

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Monday, March 3, 2008

one job, according to the NSF survey. Part-time workers report the highest rate of sleep satisfaction, with 48 percent of those saying that they get a good night’s sleep every night or almost every night. That said, however, part-time workers are the most likely to just “accept it and keep going” when they are sleepy (87%). Part-time workers also:

  • Report the lowest incidence of symptoms that put them at risk (10%) for insomnia and the lowest incidence of daytime sleepiness interfering in their daily activities (11%);
  • Have the lowest incidence of monthly drowsy driving (15%);
  • Consume the least caffeine beverages of all the groups (an average of 2.02 cans/cups per day);
  • Are most likely to take a nap when sleepy (45%) and take the most naps per month with 56 percent reporting that they nap at least once per month;
  • Find their intimate relationships affected by sleepiness (20%);
  • Report the highest incidence of symptoms that may indicate restless legs syndrome (17%), and;
  • Use sleep aids with the same frequency as those who work full-time (25%).

Full-Time Workers are somewhat evenly split between male and female (58% and 42% respectively). Full-time workers are the group most likely to report getting 8 hours of sleep per night (21%), but 31 percent of this group say that they only get a good night’s sleep a few nights per month or less. Of fulltime workers:

  • More than three-quarters, just “accept it and keep going” when they are sleepy during the workday (84%);
  • More than half say they consume caffeine beverages when they are sleepy (59%) with an average of 2.75 cups/cans per day;
  • More than half make up for a lack of sleep by sleeping more on the weekends (54%);
  • Two in ten say that their intimate relationships are affected by their sleepiness (21%);
  • Nearly a third (32%) say they drive drowsy at least once a month, and
  • Some (14%) report missing leisure activities or work functions due to sleepiness and (14%) say that their daytime sleepiness interferes in their daily activities at least a few days each week.

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