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The Most Sleep Deprived Jobs People Work

Talia August 2, 2015 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]S[/su_dropcap]ome folks work the prototypical ‘9-to-5’ job, while others work jobs with odd and inconsistent hours. While both groups are subject to suffering from habitual sleeplessness, certainly the specific challenges and targeted solutions are different. Yes, as you might have imagined, this data has been polled to pinpoint which jobs leave workers the most sleep deprived, and also which jobs allow for the most sleep.

Insomnia is certainly a serious problem , so, if you’re working a job that makes sleep difficult, or even if sleep is difficult despite your job, there are some tips you can implement to help in that regard. Though before we get to the tips, let’s find out what these sleepless jobs are!

Top-Ten Sleep Deprived Jobs

Police, firefighters, judges, politicians – these are just a few of the jobs that you may think bring about the most sleeplessness; however, the results of the poll are a little more surprising than you may realize. Here are the top-ten sleepless jobs, and the hours of sleep workers typically get.

  • Home health aides – six hours, fifty-seven minutes/night
  • Lawyers – Seven hours/night
  • Police officers – Seven hours, one minute/night
  • Physicians/Paramedics – Seven hours, two minutes/night
  • Economists – Seven hours, three minutes/night
  • Social workers – Seven hours, three minutes/night
  • Computer programmers – Seven hours, five minutes/night
  • Financial analysis – Seven hours, seven minutes/night
  • Plant operators – Seven hours, seven minutes/night
  • Secretaries – Seven hours, eight minutes/night

Of these ten, you will see one or two on here that seem axiomatic, like being a police officer or doctor. But what about the rest of them? As you can also see, most of these jobs are people who are indoors or work sedentary positions. They’re not out in the sun, and they’re not exhausting their body’s energy stories. The end result: poor sleep.

Tips for Getting Better Sleep

Establish a Routine

Establishing a routine, for both going to sleep and waking up, is a great way to get better sleep. It might be rough going at first, with your body fighting you, but once you establish this cycle, you should be able to stay in rhythm and fall asleep a lot easier at the planned hour. You should also start feeling more refreshed and energized when you wake.

Ditch the Tech 

It’s tough to get your body to fall asleep when your brain is wired and active. This is why it’s a good idea to put those gadgets away well before bed. By watching TV, tinkering on the tablet, playing on the PC, etc, your brain is active and alert, and thus it doesn’t want to shut off to get sleep. Put those gadgets away and you will fall asleep easier.

Grab a Nap

Contrary to popular belief, taking a nap when you’re tired during the day doesn’t disrupt your ability to sleep well that same night. For instance, catching some much-needed Zs at the local napnook simply allows your body to replenish the energy it needs to finish the day. Your circadian rhythm is still intact, and so long as you have that sleep schedule, you should still be able to sleep at night.

Get More Sunlight

You’ve read the top-ten jobs that hinder one’s ability to sleep, but do you know which jobs allow people to get the best sleep? Number-one on the list is a logger/tree worker. Construction workers, landscapers and athletes are all also on the list. These people are getting sunlight, and sunlight can help you sleep. Exhaustive work obviously drains the body, but the sunlight itself helps keep the body’s sleep-wake cycle caught up.

Your job doesn’t have to dictate the amount of sleep you get nor the difficulty you experience when trying to sleep. No matter what you do to pay your bills, there are many ways you can help yourself get a better night’s sleep.
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