The Most Sleep Deprived Professions in the United States

Most Sleep Deprived Professions

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What are the most sleep-deprived professions in the United States?

We calculated the top 25 professions with the highest percentage of workers receiving inadequate sleep using data from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study on sleep duration by occupation. What we found truly surprised us. Here are some of the highlights.

More firefighters (45.8%) get inadequate sleep than police officers (39.8%).

Perhaps even more surprisingly, they don’t even top the list of sleep-deprived professions!

When it comes to supervisors of both food service and factory workers, a staggering 48.9 percent reported they aren’t getting enough sleep.

But which profession is the most sleep-deprived? Power plant workers.

49.6% of power plant and reactor workers get inadequate sleep, making this the No. 1 most sleep-deprived occupation.

That’s nearly half! We found this statistic to be concerning considering the potentially dangerous working conditions in these facilities.

Other professions that made the list include CEOs (at 36.3 percent), fabricators (at 36.8 percent), and pest control workers (at 38.2 percent).

Keep reading to see how the top occupations with the most tired workers stack up.

What are the occupations that get the least sleep on average?

Here is a list of the top 10 most sleep-deprived professions and the percentage of survey respondents who reported receiving inadequate sleep on a regular basis:

  1. Plant, reactor, and system operators: 49.6%
  2. Supervisors of food preparation and serving workers: 48.9%
  3. Supervisors of production workers: 48.9%
  4. Firefighting and prevention workers: 45.8%
  5. Extraction workers: 45.3%
  6. Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distribution: 44.6%
  7. Metal workers and plastic workers: 44.0%
  8. Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides: 43.3%
  9. Life, physical, and social science technicians: 41.8%
  10. Cooks and food preparation workers: 41.4%
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