A recent survey discovers that the majority of remote and hybrid workers engage in “bed rotting,” which involves spending prolonged periods in bed for passive activities.

Summary: A recent survey by Sleep Doctor reveals a growing trend among remote and hybrid workers dubbed “bed rotting,” where 62% admit to staying in bed during work hours for passive activities. Despite its popularity, with 88% engaging weekly, the practice blends work with leisure, including tasks like answering emails and taking calls. However, bed rotting raises concerns about mental and sleep health; 57% reported a positive impact on mental health, whereas 25% experienced worsened sleep quality. This trend underscores the blurred lines between work and personal life in remote work settings.

Key Takeaways: 

  • 62% of remote and hybrid workers surveyed admit to engaging in “bed rotting” during work hours, where they remain in bed for passive activities other than sleep. Among these, 88% report bed rotting at least once a week, with significant portions doing so multiple days per week.
  • While 62% of those who bed rot report working during these periods, including tasks like answering emails and taking calls, 75% also engage in non-work-related activities or a combination of both. This indicates that bed rotting often involves a mix of productivity and leisure from bed.
  • The practice of bed rotting appears to have a varied impact on health, with 57% of respondents stating it positively affects their mental health. However, 25% report that bed rotting negatively affects their sleep quality.

Sleep Doctor has published a recent survey report investigating the prevalence of “bed rotting” among remote and hybrid workers. Bed rotting, a new trend gaining traction on social media, encourages prolonged periods of staying in bed for passive activities rather than sleep.

Survey findings indicate that 62% of remote and hybrid workers admit to bed rotting during the workday. Among these respondents, 88% report doing so every week. Specifically, 8% say they engage in bed rotting five days per week, 12% say four days per week, and 26% say three days per week.

Of the individuals who engage in bed rotting, 62% of bed rotters state that they generally work while bed rotting during work hours. However, 75% indicate that they either solely engage in non-work-related activities or combine work with non-work-related activities. Among those who work during bed rotting, common tasks include answering emails, reviewing documents, working on projects, and taking phone calls.

“Hanging out in bed for extended periods of time is not a great idea,” says Michael Breus, PhD, clinical psychologist and sleep medicine expert at Sleep Doctor, in a release. “When people are lying in bed for extended periods of time, their brain doesn’t know if it should be awake or sleeping. So, as a general guideline, and there’s plenty of data to back this up, you really want to only be in bed when you’re getting your seven to nine hours of sleep.”

Bed Rotting Is Impacting Sleep and Mental Health

The survey results also suggest that bed rotting has an impact on respondents’ sleep and mental health. 

Fifty-seven percent of respondents report that bed rotting positively affects their mental health, while 21% say it has a negative impact. Additionally, 22% state that bed rotting does not have an impact. For sleep, 47% say it has a positive impact, while 25% say bed rotting has a negative impact, and 28% say no impact.

The survey was completed in March 2024, and 807 full-time remote and hybrid workers were surveyed. In total, 500 respondents who indicated they have engaged in “bed rotting” completed the full survey. 

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