I'm racing to the car pool line at my son's camp while on a work call and I'm thinking about this new Pew Research survey on naps. Work life balance is a challenge for most people I talk these days, so how is it that on a typical day about one of every three adults in the United states take a nap?
Are these nappers busy moms like me? Not exactly. Pew found more men than women report that they caught a little snooze in the past 24 hours -- 38% vs. 31%. What's surprises me is that more than four-in-ten men ages 50 and older say they napped in the past day, compared with just 28 percent of women of the same age. I know that women juggle more, but how do so many men have time to nap? Is it because more men than women are out of work right now?
Below the age of 50, men and women are about equally likely to say they napped in the past day (35% vs. 34%). Wow, I wish I was one of those nappers. I find it way too difficult to catch a cat nap when I have calls to make, emails to return, kids to pick up.
I have to wonder where are these people napping? At their desks? In the break room? Do all these people really have time to snooze in the comforts of their bedrooms?
Here's another startling finding: how much money you make affects your napping skills. Pew found napping is quite common at the lower end of the income scale; some 42% of adults with an annual income below $30,000 report they napped in the past day. As income rises, napping declines. However, at the upper end of the scale (adults whose annual income is $100,000 or above) the tendency to nap revives. Talk about resting on your laurels!
Those tricksters at Pew got people to fess up about nap habits by making their survey wide ranging. They asked people if they had engaged in each of 10 different activities in the past 24 hours -- among them driving a car, getting some exercise, going shopping, watching television, using the internet, praying and taking a nap. They found almost as many people nap each day as exercise.
Before I get too envious of those nappers, I'm going to take some comfort in the rest of the results The survey also asked respondents if they had trouble sleeping in the past 24 hours -- and, not surprisingly, it finds a correlation between nap-taking and trouble sleeping.
Here in the carpool line, my eyes are droopy....should I grab a little snooze? No, I'd rather check my e-mail.