Percent Of People Napping At Work [Survey]

By Kathy Morris - May. 11, 2020
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Survey Summary. We surveyed 2,000 American workers to find out how many could put napping on their resume. It turns out 1-in-3 are taking advantage of the situation to get so much needed shut-eye. That number isn’t spread evenly. North Dakota, Alaska, and Nebraska have more than half of their workers admitting to sleeping on the clock. Meanwhile, no one in Vermont, Wyoming, or Montana admitted to napping at all. Here are the key findings:

  • 33% of workers admit to napping at work.

  • 15% of nappers sleep right at their desk, while 37% opt for the bed.

  • 1 in 3 nappers don’t set an alarm.

  • Workers who watch their kids while working are 6% more likely to nap.

  • Residents of North Dakota are most likely to nap during work hours, while Montana, Vermont, and Wyoming are least likely.

  • Over 50% of people admit to spending time during work hours on social media, surfing the net, and texting.

Percent Of People Napping At Work By State

Rank State: Percent Of Nappers
1 North Dakota 67%
2 Alaska 67%
3 Nebraska 53%
4 Delaware 50%
5 Iowa 50%
6 Louisiana 50%
7 New Mexico 50%
8 Washington 47%
9 Texas 44%
10 Kentucky 43%
11 Oregon 43%
12 New Jersey 41%
13 Virginia 41%
14 Massachusetts 40%
15 Maine 40%
16 West Virginia 40%
17 Maryland 39%
18 Georgia 38%
19 Illinois 37%
20 California 36%
21 Alabama 36%
22 Colorado 36%
23 New York 35%
24 Nevada 35%
25 Ohio 35%
26 Florida 34%
27 New Hampshire 33%
28 South Dakota 33%
29 Idaho 33%
30 North Carolina 32%
31 Minnesota 30%
32 Pennsylvania 29%
33 Wisconsin 29%
34 South Carolina 29%
35 Arizona 29%
36 Mississippi 27%
36 Indiana 27%
38 Oklahoma 27%
39 Michigan 26%
40 Tennessee 26%
41 Rhode Island 25%
42 Missouri 24%
43 Connecticut 24%
44 Arkansas 22%
45 Utah 21%
46 Hawaii 17%
47 Kansas 14%
47 Montana 0%
49 Vermont 0%
50 Wyoming 0%

Interactive Map Of Napping At Work By State

Other Non-Work Things People Do At Work

Of course, napping isn’t the only thing people are doing at work their boss might not be too happy about. So, what else are workers doing to wait out the clock? (Or for a much needed productivity break?)

Unsurprisingly, the most popular diversions can be done without leaving your desk:

If you are wondering what that big block titled other is, here are some of the results we received:

  • Caring for/spending time with pets
  • Incessantly checking emails
  • Daydreaming
  • Applying for other jobs
  • Doodling/Making Art/Crocheting
  • Exercise
  • Doing work for second jobs
  • A range of bedroom activities that in the office would get you sent to HR

Methodology, a career resource website, conducted a study of 2,000 employees working from home across the U.S. to find out how workers are spending their work hours now that their routine has shifted. Each worker was asked the same 6 simple questions on off-task behavior conducted during work hours.


Obviously, if you’re not getting your work done and your boss walks in on you drooling on your desk, it’s a bad look. Of course, the same thing could be said about chatting with coworkers or checking your social media.

However, if you are exhausted and hitting a brick wall productivity-wise, a quick nap (or other short break) might be just the thing to rejuvenate you and help you destroy your deadlines.

Studies show workers get more done when they have the chance to refresh. It’s suggested that you work for 52 minutes and then take a 17-minute break in order to be most productive. So why not have your 17 minutes be a power nap?

However, if you spend the bulk of your day struggling to keep your eyes open, it might be worth trying to get more sleep at home– or finding a new job that doesn’t put you to sleep.

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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