It really doesn’t matter if you’re trying to get a big salary boost, advance your career, or just put in some serious extra hours at the office. If you’re working hard at work — which TBH, all of us girlbosses are — then chances are, your sleep cycle is taking a backseat to your work schedule. But now, there’s research to prove that some occupations affect your shut-eye more than others.
The people at Sleepjunkies.org looked at data from the National Health Interview Survey taken by the Center for Disease Control and found some seriously intriguing results. For one, people with challenging careers, including firefighters, mental health professionals, and law enforcement, are getting the least amount of shut-eye, each ranking in the top 10 most sleep-deprived professions and all taking in less than seven hours of shut-eye a night.
But not all professionals put sleep on the back-burner. Sales reps, librarians, and construction workers all made the top 10 most well-rested occupations, clocking in more than seven hours of sleep every night.
Research has found that women need an average of 20 minutes more sleep per night than men because they use their brains more during the day to do things like multitask, but the jobs that get men and women the most sleep differ. For us ladies, if we want to count on a good night’s sleep each night, our best bet is to find work in building and grounds maintenance, religion, and the food prep and serving industries while our male counterparts should look at agricultural or construction work or becoming a physical scientist.
But how does your salary affect your sleep? According to the study, people who earned anywhere between $20,000 and $90,000 get roughly the same amount of sleep, with the exception of one low point between $70,000 and $80,000, the same salary range that encompasses the most number of workers who get the least amount of sleep.
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(Photos via Sleepjunkies.org; featured photo via Getty)