Most Sleep-Deprived Professions

November 13, 2019

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American workers are increasingly strapped for sleep and the professions that deal with life-or-death saturations are the most likely to sleep deprived, a recent study says. About 50% of protective-service workers, such as police, fire, EMT, correctional and military service members reported less than 7 hours a night, the highest prevalence among occupation groups. About 45% of health-care support workers, such as home health aides, psychiatric aides and nursing assistants, reported short sleep durations of under 7 hours too. The findings of this 8-year study are “disconcerting,” the authors wrote, “because many of these occupations are related to population health, well-being, and safety services.” Previous research has highlighted the perils of sleep deprivation among law-enforcement and health-care workers, which are linked to a heightened risk of negative health, safety and performance outcomes. The prevalence of professionals getting insufficient sleep rose substantially over the study period, from nearly 31% in 2010 to almost 36% in 2018. The National Sleep Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group, recommends that adults aged 26 to 64 get seven to nine hours of sleep — but one in three U.S. adults in a nationally representative 2018 study said they got less than six hours a night.

SOURCE: MarketWatch

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