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Your Two Cents: Sleeping on the Job

The National Sleep Foundation released some sleepy survey results yesterday. About one third of the 1,000 participants admitted to falling asleep or being on the verge of sleeping on the job during the past month. The average weeknight's sleep for the respondents was six hours and 40 minutes, and ironically most named work as the culprit for what keeps them from sleeping.

Reading this immediately reminded me of the episode of Seinfeld when George finds a way to sleep under his desk — he just lays on his back and pulls in the chair. He even has a shelf added to hold an alarm clock. I can't say that I wake up feeling refreshed each morning, but I've never come close to sleeping at work. What about you?


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sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
My immediate supervisor falls asleep ALL the time! She falls asleep in grade level meetings and faculty meetings. She has even fallen asleep while EVALUATING me!! WTHeck?!
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I've never fallen asleep in the lab -- not that I think it would be possible since I have a crappy desk in the middle of the lab and a super uncomfortable chair, and I've never been tempted to just crawl on top of my lab bench to snooze. I have, however, COUNTLESS times, dozed off during seminars/data meetings/thesis defenses etc. It's a dark auditorium, the chairs are comfy, my PI sits on the opposite side so he can't see me, and 99% of the talks totally don't relate to my research at all.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
This is the reason why I have tea all day long!
nancita nancita 9 years
I love that Seinfeld! The only time I have ever fallen asleep at work was after work hours. I used to have a couch in my office and once or twice I took a nap on it before going to the gym. But it was, I repeat, after work hours. It still felt pretty rebellious.
Tami715 Tami715 9 years
During my first week at my last job, my bosses took me out to lunch at this great Italian place. My belly was full of rich pasta and my desk was by the window with the nice, hot Phoenix sun making me all warm and comfy... I started leaning back in my chair in a little... then I put the keyboard on my lap... then I put my feet up on the desk... and then I was OUT. Lucky for me, the boss was cool and just handed me his credit card and sent me to Starbucks :)
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
work is boring sometimes :ZZZ:
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
I've taken cat naps in my car or an unoccupied office during my lunch hour. Falling asleep at the desk? Um, can't say I have but I have come close! lol
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
I HATE feeling sleepy....I'd rather feel dog-tired than to sleep on the job.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
Lunch breaks are great for a quick nap- just set your cell phone alarm!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I'm sleepy right now! rainy days make my tired
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I've come really close, but I've never actually managed to fall asleep at my desk.
mnp mnp 9 years
I've been sleepy at work but never fallen asleep. If I know that I'll crash at work, I take a sick day instead. I think if you nap during your lunch break, that's ok because it's during your own time.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
The only time I have ever fallen asleep at my desk is when I was coming down with the flu this past year. I had a fever and was achy all over. I took medication and I lasted close my eyes for 5 minutes before I just had to go home. Other than that I have felt sleepy at work but never succumbed to the slumber.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think like everyone there's been a time or two when you get exhausted that you just wish you could sleep but i can't say that i've ever really gotten close to falling asleep. those long training sessions sometimes that you get make you want to take a nap - especially when they have the lights off - but i think that's a bad thing i used to have a media training class that i helped teach at my old job, and a few times i've seen people fall asleep while the other people were leading discussions, but i guess you just have to figure out how to involve everyone so they don't snore away.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
George is my hero. Sleeping under my desk with a pillow is my dream. I take a nap at work almost every day. Usually around 2:30. I figure, they do it in other countries, so why not? I usually feel much better afterwards, and its not like I take an hour nap, maybe 20/30 minutes tops. And I get a lot of sleep at night, too, so its not because I'm staying up late. I just think its important for people to take breaks at work, and I dont think its taken seriously enough!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I actually fell asleep at one of the jobs I had. I was out for a couple of hours and there's was nothing I could do to fight falling asleep. I was so exhausted, I just shut down but it was in the privacy of my windowless office with the door locked. I actually stayed and worked super late once I woke up. Insomnia is a pain.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I get tired sometimes...especially those nights when I wake up and can't fall alseep again...
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