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Who Works the Night Shift?
Surviving the Night
Sleep
Talk About It

Sleep -- Napping -- Drowsy Driving

Sleep

Shift workers, on average, get less sleep during the week (6 hours and 30 minutes) compared to regular day workers (6 hours and 54 minutes). (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

68% of shift workers report sleep problems, compared to 56% of regular day shift workers. (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

53% of shift workers do not keep a regular sleep schedule, compared to 26% of those who work regular day hours. (National Sleep Foundation 1999 Sleep in America Poll)

Societal pressures to work more and at odd hours-evenings, weekends, the night shift, round-the-clock-have reduced Americans sleep time over the past century by about 20%. ("The Promise of Sleep" by William Dement and Christopher Vaughan, 1999)

45% of adults agree that they will sleep less in order to accomplish more. Shift workers (56%) are more likely to agree they will sleep less in order to get more work done compared to regular day workers (44%). (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

One-half of the American work force (51%) reports that sleepiness on- the-job interferes with the amount of work they get done. (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

Television and the Internet are prime contributors to Americans not getting enough sleep, causing 43% of adults to stay up later than they should. (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

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Napping

38% of the American work force takes a nap at least once during the workweek (National Sleep Foundation 1999 Sleep in America Poll)--but most doing it covertly, according to Dr. James Maas, professor of psychology at Cornell University.

33% of adults would nap at work if it were allowed. (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

16% of employees reported that their employers allow naps. (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

46% of those who are allowed to nap at work do so. 57% of shift workers take advantage of the company's nap policy, while 43% of regular day shift workers do so. (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

Shift workers nap the longest of any group--averaging 2 hours and 54 minutes during the work week and 3 hours and 50 minutes during the weekend. Regular day workers nap on average 1 hour during the week and 1 hour, 15 minutes on the weekend. (National Sleep Foundation 1999 Sleep in America Poll)

Creative napping spots for some workers include a musician who naps in her instrument case, a woman who curls up on an old pile of drapes behind her computer, and many others who use walk-in closets or who sleep in the car. (Dallas Morning News, 1-16-00)

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Drowsy Driving

66% of shift workers and 57% of regular day workers report driving drowsy. (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

58% of shift workers report becoming stressed while driving drowsy (vs. 39% of regular day workers). (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

41% of shift workers report dozing off at the wheel compared to 28% of regular day workers. (National Sleep Foundation 1999 Sleep in America Poll)

Half of Americans (51%) reported driving while drowsy during the past year and nearly one out of five (17%) say they have actually dozed off behind the wheel. (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)

100,000 auto accidents occur each year because of fall-asleep crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

22% of drivers pull over in a safe place and take a short nap when they are fatigued on the road, while 63% turn to caffeine for relief. (National Sleep Foundation 2000 Sleep in America Poll)


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