Professions That Get the Least Sleep (And the Most)
Professions That Get the Least Sleep (And the Most)
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Professions That Get the Least Sleep (And the Most)

Professions That Get the Least Sleep (And the Most)


Do you work a lot? As in so much that it interferes with your sleep schedule, regularly waking up at an inhumane hour or going to bed super late? Well, you’re not the only one, but depending on what you do for a living, some of us are more sleep deprived than others. On the flip side, some professions lend themselves to getting more than enough sleep to get by. Here’s a few from both ends of the spectrum, gathered from data from CDC’s National Sleep Survey from a couple of years ago, along with our own non-expert analysis.


Home Health Aides

In the CDC survey, home health aides we’re ranked first in sleep deprivation (not exactly something to applaud). It makes sense though, as they’re pretty much at the beck and call of their patient, and often take on overnight shifts.


We imagine stress plays a large part in their inability to garner enough sleep. Also, when they’re working on a case, this can call for late nights (maybe even all nighters).

Police Officers

No surprise that this would be on the list, as many cops have the graveyard shift. They’re meant to keep us safe and protect us from crime, and crime never sleeps.

Physicians and Paramedics

There seems to be a trend, as many of the professions at the top of this list seem to be involved in health and safety. Paramedics have to be ready at a moment’s notice while being doctor can be a rewarding yet at the same time


We were a little surprised to find economists on this list, until remembered what the economy was like when this survey was taken. If we were them, we wouldn’t have gotten much sleep either.



A dangerous job, but at least you get enough sleep. Due to the labor intensiveness of the job, they need the rest anyways. Also, we’re sure that time of year, and weather conditions play a factor into how much they work.

Hair Stylists

Probably the most low-stress job on this list, so there’s no need to lose sleep over your job. Also, hair stylists can pretty much set their own schedules, so their jobs fit with their lives, not the other way around.

Sales Reps

If anything, we would’ve thought that sales reps would be on the list of most sleep deprived, always worried about meeting quotas. Maybe the sales representatives  surveyed were really good at what they do, and can sell in their sleep.


They might go to bed late, but it looks like they sleep in too. Another relatively low-stress and enjoyable job, bartenders can spend all morning lounging before serving up cocktails in the evening.

Construction Workers

Another physically demanding job that we’re sure has regulations to make sure they aren’t overworked and get enough rest. Also, a long day of construction would have us knock out once we got home too.


At least in this survey, the professions that get the least sleep involved keeping people safe/healthy were the most in need of sleep, not exactly ideal. However, almost everyone in the survey was falling short of the recommended eight hours per day. In fact, if you have any job at all, chances are you’re sleeping less than people who aren’t working. A Bureau of Labor Statistics report published around the same at the sleep survey found that the all adults— workers, retirees, college students, and other individuals who don’t have to get up for work everyday—average close to eight and a half hours of sleep during the work week. Maybe it’s time to reconsider how much you really need that job.