More than a quarter (26%) of people can’t get through the work week without a nap during work hours.
A poll of 2,000 U.S. adults found peak nap time for tired Americans strikes at 9:39 a.m. with as many as 65% saying the urge to nap strikes before 12 p.m. — and most commonly on a Wednesday.
For 39%, it takes three to four hours into a workday before they want to nap, with 26% even having brought a pillow to their workplace.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Nature’s Bounty, results also found pregame naps are essential to people’s social lives, according to 46% of respondents.
That may be because some events are simply more tiring than others. The top three that wear people out the most? Sports games (19%), street fairs (19%) and festivals (18%).
And over a third (34%) admitted they’ve fallen asleep at an event due to inadequate sleep the night before.
However, 62% are likely to miss an important occasion such as a wedding or job interview because they were napping or sleeping.
The most common events people have missed were found to include a sports game (30%), meeting with friends (28%), a birthday party (28%) and a family dinner (28%).
And if that weren’t FOMO-inducing enough, 43% also admit to dozing off in the middle of these events.
The average nap was found to last nearly an hour, with the typical snooze going for 51 whole minutes.
People have also taken a nap at some unusual places, including a movie theater (24%), a cafe or restaurant (24%), a doctor’s office (23%) and even a museum or art gallery (22%).
On average, people are woken up from their nap twice a week — usually by a partner/spouse (36%) or co-worker (35%).
“Napping may not be for all, but short daytime naps can bring benefits for people with night schedules, new parents, those who are sick, and for those who just want to relax,” said Jaclyn Alberts, brand marketing at Nature’s Bounty, a Nestlé Health Science brand. “However, people shouldn’t always feel the need to nap to have a productive workday or enjoy a night out. Aside from certain circumstances, naps are not a replacement for achieving quality sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential to feel energized for whatever is on your schedule.”
Sometimes, naps may not result in people feeling refreshed, as 45% of those polled reported frequently waking up after a nap feeling worse than they were before.
That may be because the average person in this poll was found to get insufficient sleep three days a week (defined as experiencing challenges falling asleep and staying asleep).
Uncomfortable room temperatures (34%), anticipatory anxiety (33%), and scrolling through social media before bed (30%) were revealed to be the main culprits of bad sleep.
“If you aren’t getting quality sleep, talk to your healthcare provider about simple adjustments you can incorporate into your daily wellness routine, such as including a melatonin dietary supplement, in addition to considering other lifestyle changes,” said Alberts.
Events people missed because they were sleeping/napping
- Sports game-30%
- Meeting with friends – 28%
- Birthday party – 28%
- Family dinner – 28%
- Street fair – 27%
- Day cruise – 27%
- Romantic date – 27%
- Concert – 27%
- Graduation – 26%
- Job interview – 26%
- Festival – 26%
- Fitness class – 25%
- Dinner/drinks with co-workers – 25%
- Wedding – 24%
Where have people taken a nap?
- A friend’s home – 30%
- My vehicle – 28%
- Public transportation (bus, subway, train, plane) – 27%
- Beach – 25%
- Movie theater – 24%
- Cafe or restaurant – 24%
- Library – 23%
- Park – 23%
- Doctor’s office – 23%
- Pool – 22%
- Corporate Office – 22%
- Museum or art gallery – 22%
- Store – 20%
Produced in association with SWNS Research
Edited by Priscilla Jepchumba and Newsdesk Manager