Everybody loves sleeping, right? But it better not be your workplace where you would like to drift away for a while! As a matter of fact, almost everyone seems to be complaining of lack of sleep and sometimes dreadfully want to take a nap when they are at work; however, is it really their job requiring them to stay awake or is it mismanagement of time on their end pushing them to sleep deprivation? This is the tricky question most people avoid taking head-on. What we fail to realize is that our present-day fast paced and technology laden lifestyle with unnatural sleeping patterns and sleeping cycles is one of the major culprits in depriving us from essential sleeping time required by our body and mind. But there are some professions that really need you fully awake and active on job for long hours, much more than you expect and want. Here is a list of top 5 sleep deprived professions, going through which should make most of us thankful for the jobs we are in compared to these listed below.
1 Hospital Staff: The most Sleep Deprived Professions
Hospital staff, from paramedics rushing to accident scenes to doctors and nurses in the hospital attending patients in emergency, quite possibly is on top of long hours’ stressful jobs. Medical profession surely deserves all the respect it gets for what they do and how long they do. These people work long hours under extreme stress to make sure other people are helped 24/7 in times of distress and plight. Some recent studies reveal that most of the medical staff, especially the junior doctors, work well over 40 hours a week, quite often taking 12 hours working slots and the shifts are often scheduled for very unsocial times. Looks like a bit of exaggeration to you, ever wonder how often do you see people in hospital robes having some beer on Friday nights?
2 Stockbrokers and Investment Bankers
With all the bonuses and bailouts up on the shelf, most of us do not find ourselves sympathizing with people in financial markets and banking sector, but the truth is that stock markets around the world seem to work with less consideration of day and night, just so as the investment banks. The clock always seems to be ticking for them. Most of us fail to realize that most stockbrokers and bankers would have gained or lost thousands of pounds even before we finish our cereals in the morning, as most stock markets get going before 7 in the morning. Perhaps that is why some investment bankers end up working 70+ hours a week. Now, that is really unbelievable, but so is the compensation, though never a replacement for one’s health and wellness in the long run.
Though they are relieved in working long hours like stockbrokers and doctors, but binmen and women have to be up and going long before any of us can even think of opening our eyes. It is their job nature that needs them waking up incredibly early to settle things for rest of the public, avoiding any disruption on roads when working day starts for masses.
4 Emergency Services
Not just the frontline NHS staff rarely see their beds like the rest of us on normal times, but emergency services staff like police and fire fighters also need to work long hours and unsocial shifts, as apparently crimes and fire never seem to honour 9 to 5 timings. If you complain of stress and sleep deprivation in your job, consider these people working frequently in excess of 40 hours a week with a messed up body clock due to their long and unusual working hours with added pressure of saving lives. If you think you are the only one stuck in caffeine intake and sleep prevention stuff at work, think again!
What? You don’t believe it because you often see chefs cooking for no more than half an hour, shouting at those unable to keep up with their pace and say goodbye soon after serving. Well, this happens only on cookery shows. In real life, you dare not think of becoming a chef if sleep is what you love the most. This is one profession offering very little time to spare for sleep, especially for entry level positions. To make their way up to the glory and luxury, junior chefs are expected to show up for work before all others and leave with everyone gone.
Perhaps, it is about time you stop complaining about tough job and sleep deprivation if you are not in one of the most sleep deprivation jobs mentioned above and start enjoying your work as well as the abundant spare time you have.