Which Careers Get the Most Sleep... and the Least.

Which Careers Get the Most Sleep... and the Least.

Do you work a lot? As in so much that it can interfere with your sleep schedule? Well, depending on what you do for a living, you could be getting more sleep than other careers. Here's a few from both ends of the spectrum, gathered from data from CDC's National Sleep Survey, along with our own (non)expert analysis.

You get the most sleep if you're a . . .

Hair Stylists

Probably because it's a low-stress job, there's no need to lose sleep over your job, especially if you're good at it. Also, hair stylists can pretty much set their own schedules, so their jobs fit with their lives, not the other way around.


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. Plus, wouldn't you be beat after a long day of logging. 

Sales Reps

If anything, upon first thought, you'd think 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 late too. Another relatively low-stress and enjoyable job, bartenders can spend all morning lounging before slinging beers and cocktails in the evening.

Construction Workers

Another pretty physically demanding job that we're sure has lots of regulations to make sure they aren't overworked and get enough rest. Also, a long day of construction in the heat (or cold) would have us knock out once we got home too.

You get the least sleep if you're a . . .

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 cause sleepless nights. 


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.

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.

Updated: 09/13/2019