Do You Nap? Study Says One Third of Adults Do

August 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Many countries have long enjoyed an afternoon siesta, after the midday day meal, especially on a hot summer’s day. In the United States, adult napping was often viewed as lazy, but not any longer. According to a new study, a full one third of all American adults now admit to taking naps, and that number may actually be higher, as many of us that “close our eyes” in an easy chair on a regular basis, don’t admit to full-out napping.

As many Americans were forced to make do with less sleep at night, while juggling family responsibilities and longer work days, the concept of a “power nap” began to take hold, changing the outlook on naps as something that only lazy people do. And now it seems, many Americans have simply discovered the benefits of a little restorative snooze in the afternoon. Babies do it, animals do it and now adults do it too.

The Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends survey, found some interesting gender, age, race and income patterns with respect to napping. Men seem to like their naps more than women and despite suffering from a higher rate of sleep deprivation during the day, women still nap less than men.

The study showed that women are less likely than men to report having napped in the past 24 hours at 31 percent vs. 38 percent. However, women also are more likely than men to report having had trouble sleeping during the night, at 29 percent vs. 22 percent.

The gender gap in napping is more prevalent among older adults. A significantly larger number of men than women ages 50 and older, say they napped in the past day, at 41 percent vs. 28 percent of women the same age. The gender gap for napping virtually disappears with younger men and women below the age of 50, at 35 percent vs. 34 percent.

Racial patterns show that more black Americans take naps on average, with half of all black adults surveyed taking naps in the past 24 hours, compared with just a third of whites and Hispanics.

Economically, the poorest and the wealthiest Americans take more naps than middle-income people. Adults with an annual income below $30,000 report they napped at a rate of 42 percent, with napping increasing for those adults whose annual income topped $100,000.

The study also showed a disproportionately number of people who napped, who were unemployed, poor, unhappy and depressed. Among those surveyed, the unemployed were more likely to nap during the week than on weekends and people with jobs napped on the weekends at a slightly higher rate.

Regular cat-naps have been hailed by scientists and physicians, as beneficial to one’s health, increasing productivity, and sharpening dulled midday senses. For people suffering from a restless night, a nap can do wonders to restore a body stressed from lack of sleep. However, scientists caution napping can make some conditions worse, such as depression and insomnia, offering no health benefits.

Meanwhile, while I write this article, one third of all Americans are now enjoying a nap and I’m starting to feel drowsy.

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