A recent Glassdoor survey analyzed the amount of sleep the average American worker gets per night and reported that three in four (74 percent) full and part-time employees say they get less than eight hours of sleep on a typical work night, averaging just 6.9 hours of sleep.
A recent article from Opportunity Data Science “Opportunity Study Finds U.S. Professionals Work More and Sleep Less. says that business professionals in the United States are working more (8.17 hours) and sleeping less (6.7 hours) per day. The average U.S. worker gets less than the minimally recommended 7 hours of sleep according to the National Sleep Foundation who claim the average healthy adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night to function at a high rate.
The benefits of sleep are many but our lives are changed and the reasons for the growing trend in US workers getting less sleep may be:
Telecommuting: Technology allows employees to work remotely and maintain flexible work schedules to accommodate their personal and family lives. The lines between work and home are often blurred and potentially impacts the rest employees receive during the week.
Technology: Having to be available may extend the workday into late hours making it take more time to wind down to sleep.
Carmel Galvin, Glassdoor chief human resources officer states that
“Sleep not only provides physical restoration to the body, but it is critical for cognitive function, concentration and productivity. Employers can help employees get enough rest by reminding them to take time off when they need it, and before bed, to avoid screen time. However, employees should also take responsibility for their wellness and recognize most employers want people to take the rest they need to be at their best.”
Need more sleep?
Here are some nutrition and lifestyle suggestions from WebMD on how you can try to get better Zs when it’s time to turn off the lights and phone.
- Sip a glass of almond milk, an excellent source of calcium that aids the production of melatonin.
- Snack on half a banana with a teaspoon of peanut butter 30 minutes before you sleep.
- Turn off the TV.
- Put your devices to sleep.
- Exercise early in the day.
Or try different things: a new pillow, keeping the bedroom tidy and minimal or tuning out.