-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
On any given day, 34% of Americans take a nap. In a survey done by the Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends, the majority of the nappers are above 80 years old. More than half the 80 year olds surveyed said that they took a nap in the previous day.
There is also a gender difference in napping. For example, in the over 50 age bracket, 51% of men had napped in the last twenty four hours, compared to 28% of women in the same age group. Yet in the age bracket below, the percent of men and women who napped was practically equal, 35% for men and 34% for women.
Napping also has a racial and economical difference. Half of the African-Americans surveyed had napped in the last day, compared to a third of whites and Hispanics. The research also shows that the higher one’s income, the less likely they are to nap. For instance, 42% of those earning less than $30,000 a year had napped in the past day.