Which Professions are the Most Sleep Deprived?

Did you get a good night’s sleep last night? Well, you might think you did, but the answer might actually depend on your career choice. A study by Sleep Council shows that how well you sleep can vary depending on the industry you work in.

Continue reading below to find out if you’re working in one of the top 5 most or least sleep deprived professions, and if you are, be sure to check out these 7 tips for a better night’s sleep.

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Recommended Sleep Amount

According to The National Sleep Foundation, adults should get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. While teenagers, toddlers and newborns should get between 8-0 hours, 11-14 hours and 14-17 hours respectively.

Adults: 7 – 9 Hours per Night.
Teenagers: 8 – 10 Hours per Night.
Toddlers: 11 – 14 Hours per Night.
Newborns: 14 – 17 Hours per Night.


Which Jobs Sleep Least?

The following jobs have been shown to receive the least amount of sleep per night on average.

  • – Healthcare – The healthcare industry encompasses jobs that provide goods and services to treat patients with curative, preventive, rehabilitative and palliative care.

Average Salary: £36,522 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 48 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 4 Hours & 15 Minutes

  • – Law Enforcement – The law enforcement industry encompasses any system by which some members of society act in an organised manner to enforce the law by discovering, deterring, rehabilitating, or punishing people who violate the rules and norms governing that society.

Average Salary: £42,691 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 40 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 4 Hours & 30 Minutes

  • – Teaching – The education industry is a group of institutions (ministries of education, local education authorities, schools etc.) whose primary purpose is to provide education to children and young people in an education setting.

Average Salary: £32,854 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 48.2 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 4 Hours & 35 Minutes

  • – Journalism – Journalism refers to the production and distribution of reports on recent events. Journalistic media includes print, TV, radio, internet, and in the past, newsreels.

Average Salary: £38,576 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 39 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 4 Hours & 50 Minutes

  • – Hospitality – The hospitality sector is one of the broadest categories of fields within the service industry that includes lodgings, food and drink service, event planning, theme parks, transportation, cruise lines etc.

Average Salary: £26,096 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 40 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 5 Hours


Which Jobs Sleep Most?

The following jobs have been shown to receive the most amount of sleep per night on average.

  • – Hair & Beauty – Hair & beauty is a sub section of the cosmetics industry, and encompasses jobs such as hairdressers, salons, make-up etc.

Average Salary: £16,622 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 40 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 9 Hours & 40 Minutes

  • – Telemarketers – The telemarketing industry is a method of direct marketing in which a salesperson solicits prospective customers to buy products or services.

Average Salary: £18,411 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 40 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 8 Hours & 45 Minutes

  • – Insurance – Insurance is a form of risk management, primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent or uncertain loss. Insurance is a means to protection from financial loss.

Average Salary: £41,716 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 34 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 8 Hours & 20 Minutes

  • – Retail – Retail is the process of selling consumer good or services to customers through multiple channels of distribution. The retail industry encompasses any job in which you need to do this, such as cash register workers, stock handlers etc.

Average Salary: £28,974 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 31 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 8 Hours & 15 Minutes

  • – Construction – Construction can be divided into three sectors; buildings, infrastructure and industrial, this means all jobs that fall within these sectors are part of construction.

Average Salary: £44,105 Per Year
Average Working Hours: 41.2 Hours per Week
Average Hours Sleep: 8 Hours & 10 Minutes