One-Third of Americans Take Naps

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July 30, 2009

Do you find yourself taking a quick power snooze every once in a while? You're not alone. One-third of adults in the United States take naps, according to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center. The poll not only found that 34 percent of a nationally representative sample of 1,488 adults admitted to taking naps, but that more men reported catching a couple of quick Zzzs compared with women (38 percent versus 31 percent). In older adults, the difference was more pronounced, with more than 41 percent of men age 50 and older saying they napped in the past day compared with 28 percent of women in the same age range. The poll's findings were based on responses to a question in a survey about aging that had asked respondents to identify activities that they had engaged in over the last 24 hours, including taking a nap. The Pew Research Center notes, however, that the word "nap" was not defined in the question, so for some people it could mean falling asleep on the subway and for others it could mean crashing on your couch in the afternoon.