The Best And Worst Jobs Per Number Of Hours Of Sleep

Some jobs take a massive toll on your sleeping habits.

Sleep is a necessity in every way, and a healthy amount of sleep is one way to maintain good health. Not only does sleeping make us feel really good afterwards, but it is also needed to maintain physical as well as mental health. As adults, it is vital that we get at least 7 hours of sleep a day but how many of us really get this much sleep? With the increase in the pressure and demands in our professions, many of us aren’t able to get a healthy amount of sleep. Moreover, most of us have given into an unhealthy lifestyle in an effort to cope with the increased stress levels, which includes giving up sleep for more unhealthy activities. A lot of us, for example, give into midnight snacking as we watch television shows or movies available online because this makes us feel good and end up falling asleep when our body can’t take it anymore. This certainly doesn’t help us stay healthy, nor does it help us actually deal with the professional stress. Some jobs are definitely worse than others when it comes to giving us the time and peace of mind as far as sleep is concerned.

Worst Jobs For Sleep

Communications equipment operators get the least amount of sleep.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently did a survey about which professions are the worst for adults and their sleep hours. They took into account the responses of 179,621 adults to find out which job positions offered the opportunity for more sleep. The survey had to be adjusted for marital status, age, sex and educational qualifications, and the final result showed that communications equipment operators had the worst job when it came to sleeping. Unsurprisingly, the research showed that those who didn’t get enough sleep had jobs that required irregular shifts, graveyard shifts and shift changes. Shift work doesn’t necessarily have to mean that a person has to work the entire night; it could be that a person works for 11 hours a day, have an inconsistent schedule, or even have a graveyard shift once every 2 weeks. When a person works without a concrete routine, it throws off the internal sleep clock in the body. The body does not understand when it is supposed to be sleeping, and this can be really unhealthy because the body’s sleep schedule no longer becomes dependent on external light (which is required to keep the circadian rhythm in check). In fact, there is a disorder that is named after this phenomenon: shift work disorder. Some of the symptoms include insomnia, feeling sleepy when you need to be awake and alert, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, depression and difficulty in personal relationships. Other jobs that affect sleeping hours are transportation workers, plant and system operators, food preparation and serving workers, entertainment attendants and related workers and firefighting and prevention works.

Best Jobs For Sleep

Air transportation workers have the best opportunity for healthy sleep.


The survey also found the professions that offer a good amount of sleep for workers. In this category, the researchers were surprised that the group of people that got the most amount of sleep were air transportation workers. Considering the fact that air transportation relies on odd hours, it does seem strange that this group gets the best opportunities for healthy sleep. However, it also makes sense when looked into deeper. The Federal Aviation Administration protects pilots by limiting their flying time to just eight or nine hours at a time. Moreover, pilots also need a minimum of ten hours of rest between their shifts, which actually buttresses the opportunity for sleep in this time. After all, we want the people who handle complicated machines like airplanes to be at their best when flying, so it is a requirement that they remain healthy both physically and mentally healthy and alert when they are working. Some other jobs that offer the right timings for healthy sleep are religious workers, teachers and instructors, life scientists, maintenance and repair workers, media and communication equipment workers, and agricultural workers. These jobs tend to have very consistent hours, and provide an “end of the day” to move away from professional work and give more time to personal needs. Moreover, these jobs might also not have that much paperwork to bring back home to work on, so it gives the individuals a great opportunity to have a healthy personal life.