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Study Finds 1 in 3 Workers Regularly Nap During Work Hours

Sleep Doctor surveyed 1,250 full-time workers in March 2024 and found that 33% report catching zzzs during work hours.

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Overall, 46% of workers say they nap during the workday at least a few times a year. However, many are napping much more often than several times a year. In fact, 33% report that they nap weekly; 6% say daily, 18% say several times per week, and 9% say once per week.

Remote and hybrid workers are more likely to take naps during the workday than in-person workers. On a weekly basis, 34% of remote workers take naps compared to 45% of hybrid workers and 27% of in-person workers.

Younger workers and men are more likely to nap. Fifty-two percent of men report that they nap at least a few times a year during the workday versus 38% of women. Additionally, 54% of workers aged 18 to 34 nap during the workday, while 46% of workers ages 35-54 and only 25% of workers over 55 do.

The most common location for in-person workers to nap is their car (50%). Additionally, 33% nap at their desk, 20% in a company designated napping place, 14% return home, and 9% in the bathroom.

Other notable findings:

  • 1 in 3 workers nap every week during work hours
  • 1 in 3 miss meetings, deadlines because they are napping
  • 1 in 4 remote workers have fallen asleep during a meeting
  • 3 in 4 workers lose sleep over job stressors; hybrid and high-level employees are more likely to lose sleep
  • Most common workplace stressors are work-life balance, long hours, and demanding projects


Read the full story from Sleep Doctor here.

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