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Physicians among America’s most sleep-deprived jobs

Topics: Workforce

March 05, 2012

Physicians are among the nation's top 10 professions that get the least amount of shut-eye, according to a recent survey.

For the study, the mattress store Sleepy's hired researchers to rank the most sleep-deprived workers in the United States. The list was based on interviews from 27,157 adults who participated in CDC's National Health Interview Survey, which asked respondents their occupations and how many hours of sleep they typically logged in a 24-hour period.

The study found that workers in the following occupations slept the least:


  • 1. Home health aides;
  • 2. Lawyers;
  • 3. Police officers;
  • 4. Physicians, paramedics;
  • 5. Economists;
  • 6. Social workers;
  • 7. Computer programmers;
  • 8. Financial analysts;
  • 9. Plant operators; and
  • 10. Secretaries.
  • Meanwhile, the results showed that people who were forest, logging workers, hairstylists, and sales representatives were the most well-rested (Rampell, "Economix," New York Times, 2/22; Tuttle, "Swampland," Time, 2/24).

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