Feeling tired? Are you Sleep deprived? Studies have shown that people in certain professions get less sleep than others and this could lead to health problems, lower productivity, and economic losses.
The Toronto Star cites a study that says sleep deprivation among Canadian workers is costing the country’s economy the equivalent of 1.35% of the GDP. Is your job costing you shut-eye? Here are some of the most sleep-deprived jobs in Canada.
The Most Sleep-Deprived Jobs In Canada
10. Plant Operators
The Baltimore Sun says that plant operators tend to work in rotating 8- or 12-hour shifts. This disrupts their body clock and sleeping patterns. Nearly half of plant operators are sleep deprived, according to MoneyTalksNews.
9. Communications Equipment Operators
MoneyTalksNews cites a study by the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, that says nearly 60 percent of communications equipment workers are sleep deprived. Network administrators, for instance, need to work late hours to ensure that you can access the internet any time you want.
8. Social Workers
The Baltimore Sun says that social workers lose sleep due to large caseloads. They sometimes have to work in the evenings and over weekends too to tend to emergencies. If you want a better work/life balance, you may want to rethink your career.
7. Long-haul Truck Drivers
According to MoneyTalksNews, 54 percent of transportation workers don’t get enough sleep. Long-haul truckers, for instance, may drive through the night with only a short nap or two in between. However, working these long hours can mean a salary of over $200,000 a year.
6. The Press
WebMD says that 24-hour cable news has created new shift workers, from reporters to camera operators. Journalists who work in other media also work long and irregular hours to get the news to you as it happens.
Economists may sound like they have a cushy job but in reality, they work according to tight schedules and deadlines. This means they often have to work overtime, according to the Baltimore Sun.
4. Police Officers
Police officers have a scary job and the stress may cause a lack of sleep. In addition, crime doesn’t wait for office hours but often happens late at night. It’s no wonder that many police officers retire early.
3. Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians
Sleepy’s study says that paramedics and emergency medical technicians tend to work long hours. They are often on call at night too, which means disrupted sleep.
The Baltimore Sun says that lawyers work long hours, which leads to less sleep. In addition, lawyers may be kept awake by the moral quandaries associated with their cases. Of course, this could all be worth it if your law firm is one of Canada’s best companies to work for.
1. Home Health Aides
According to the Baltimore Sun citing a study by mattress company Sleepy’s, home health aides have one of the most sleep-deprived jobs. The reason could be two-fold: caring for someone who is ill or disabled is highly stressful and it’s a low-paying job which could lead to financial worry. Luckily there are some weird and wonderful ways to make extra cash.
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