Snooztistics

A newly released survey confirms that napping is one of America’s favorite hobbies. The Pew Research Center Social and Demographics Trends survey has found that one-third (34%) of adults in the United States nap on a typical day.

The survey consisted of responses from 1,488 adults. According to the report:

“These findings are based on responses to a question in a wide-ranging survey about aging that 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.

Who naps the most? Here are a few highlights:

  • Individuals who exercised in the past 24 hours (37%)
  • Those who had trouble sleeping the night before (41%)
  • People who make less than $30,000 a year (42%), and those who make over $100,000 (33%)
  • Those dissatisfied with their financial situation (40%)
  • Men over age 50 (41%)
  • Adults over 80 years old (52%)
  • Those who reported being “not too happy” (46%)

The survey also showed differences in napping among races. 50% of African Americans reported taking a nap in the past 24 hours compared to 32% of whites and 33% of Hispanics.

Men and women under the age of 50 are about equally likely to nap (35% compared to 34%). The survey found parents are just as likely to nap as those without children, and napping is equally popular among single and married people. It also doesn’t matter where you live in the US. Those who live in rural areas nap as often as those who live in the city.

To find out more, the report can be found here.

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