Hey you! Dozing at your desk! Wake up, go home and get more sleep!

That could be the message from a survey released this week by the U.S. National Sleep Foundation. The survey of 1,000 people found participants average six hours 40 minutes of sleep a night on weeknights, even though they estimated they’d need roughly another 40 minutes of sleep to be at their best.

Roughly one-third of those surveyed said they had fallen asleep or become very sleepy at work in the last month.


Just how big a deal that is depends, of course, on your job. Recently, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission acknowledged it should have done more to investigate a tip that security guards routinely took naps while on the job at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant.

It wasn’t until a videotape of guards sleeping in a “ready room” at the Peach Bottom plant in south-central Pennsylvania surfaced several months after it received the tip that the NRC announced in September a special investigation.

While sleepy workers know they’re not performing as well as they could during the day, work is what’s keeping them up nights, said the survey, which found workdays are longer and time spent working from home averages close to 4 1?2 hours each week.

The average wake up is at 5:35 a.m., the survey said. Average bedtime is 10:53 p.m.

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