Sleep study finds remote workers napping on company time, at home

Pandemic contributes to disrupted sleep patterns, survey finds
Sleep Graphic
(Harmony Healthcare IT graphic)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WKBT) — Wake up and read this: 1 in 3 people who work remotely confess that they nap while laboring at home — many for more than an hour at a time.

Remote Sleepers

(Harmony Healthcare IT graphic)

That’s according to a new study from Harmony Healthcare IT, which also found that 89% of people struggle falling asleep, and 1 in 5 contend the pandemic has worsened their sleep patterns.

The South Bend-based data management firm surveyed more than 1,100 Americans to learn what keeps people up at night and how the pandemic affects their sleep habits more than two years after it began. It also analyzed Google search volume related to insomnia in each state and major city across the country.

Wisconsin and Minnesota residents mirrored those in many other states, searching the term, “How to fall asleep.”

As for remote and hybrid workers nationwide, out of the 33 percent who admitted napping during the day ‘fessed up that they do so once a week or more. Three out of 4 said they nod off for more than 30 minutes, while 18 percent nap an hour on company time.

The survey didn’t gauge how many people disclose that they have napped or do sleep when they’re at the company work site.

As it turns out, the study found that sleepless in Seattle isn’t just a movie. The seaport city in Washington state finished fourth out of the top five in sleep-deprived cities. If you bet that Las Vegas is the most sleep deprived, you’d win, while Baltimore and Denver are second and third, respectively, while Boston is fifth.

The least sleep-deprived cities, in order, are Chicago, New York City, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Antonio.
As for causes of sleepless nights, 40% cited “mindless thoughts” and while 1 in 10 blamed relationships or finance.

On the health front, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., recommends that every adult ages 18 to 60 get seven hours of sleep a night to stay healthy. Between 61 and 64, they need seven to nine hours, while 65 and above can dial back to seven to eight hours.

Toddlers between ages 1 and 2 need 11 to 14 hours’ sleep every 24 hours, including naps, the CDC says, while ages 3 to 5 should get 10 to 13, including naps, 6-12 should sleep 9 to 12 for ever 24, and ages 13-18 need nine to 12 hours of sleep every 24.

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