Workers attribute insufficient sleep to family responsibilities, workplace stress, and household chores.


Summary: A recent survey by Sleep Doctor reveals that nearly half of full-time workers in the United States are not getting enough sleep, with women being more affected than men. The survey found that 49% of workers report insufficient sleep, with women at 55% compared to 45% of men. The primary reasons cited for insufficient sleep include family responsibilities, work stress, and household chores. Those satisfied with their sleep often attribute it to good mattress quality, regular exercise, and low work stress.

Key Takeaways:

  • Prevalence of Insufficient Sleep: 49% of full-time workers report not getting enough sleep, with women being more affected (55%) compared to men (45%).
  • Primary Causes: According to the survey, the main reasons for insufficient sleep among workers are family responsibilities, workplace stress, and household chores.
  • Satisfaction Factors: Workers who are satisfied with their sleep often cite good mattress quality, regular exercise, and minimal work stress as contributing factors.

Nearly half of full-time workers in the United States are not getting enough sleep, with women being more affected than men, according to a recent survey by Sleep Doctor, an online source for sleep health, improvement, and education.

According to the survey, 49% of full-time workers are not getting enough sleep. This issue is more prevalent among women, with 55% reporting insufficient sleep compared to 45% of men. On average, workers sleep six and a half hours per night. Specifically, 5% sleep for nine hours or more, 20% achieve eight hours, 29% get seven hours, 27% manage six hours, 12% attain five hours, and 6% get four hours or less.

“Most adults should get seven to eight hours of sleep per night. The optimal sleep quantity is determined by how rested one feels upon waking and the ability to wake easily without an alarm,” says Nilong Vyas, MD, MPH, pediatrician, public health specialist, and board-certified sleep specialist.

Reasons for Lack of Sleep

Survey findings also reveal the primary reasons workers do not get enough sleep, including family duties, work stress, and household chores. Among the workers surveyed, 37% are dissatisfied with their quality of sleep, 45% are satisfied, and 18% feel neutral. Notably, only 31% of men express dissatisfaction with their sleep, compared to 43% of women. 

Those who are satisfied with their sleep cite factors such as mattress quality, regular exercise, and minimal work stress.

This survey was commissioned by Sleep Doctor and conducted online via the survey platform Pollfish. It launched on May 9, and 1,250 full-time US workers completed the full survey. 

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