5-hour ENERGY® Sponsors Survey on Sleep and Work-Life Balance

5-hour ENERGY® Sponsors Survey on Sleep and Work-Life Balance

A survey sponsored by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY® reveals how much time the average person works, sleeps, and takes for leisure—and how they feel it affects their energy levels.

The participants in this survey answered questions about their weekly working hours, how much sleep they typically get, perceived energy levels, physical job expectations, and their own perceived work-life balance.

Key findings

  • The majority of people in the workforce are tired at least one day a week, and they feel that being tired has a negative impact on job productivity. In the survey, it was found that 80.1% of participants are tired while on the clock at least once a week — 35.9% of the people answered that they feel tired every single day at work. And 77.3% of the participants admitted that being tired had a perceived negative effect on their work productivity. Nearly half (46.5%) of the people admitted to taking a sick or vacation day because they felt too tired to come to work at all.
  • 35% of participants frequently work more than eight hours per day, and 36% of people reported that they have the energy after work to do other activities such as hobbies or going to the gym.
  • 54% of the participants reported working over 40 hours per week at least a few weeks per month.
  • On a 1-10 scale rating, the majority of respondents said it was “likely” to “very likely” for them to consume an energy product to feel alert. When asked on a scale of 1-10 if it was important to find an energy product without sugar, “very important” was the largest response group.

  • Many jobs require significant levels of physical activity. Only 21.1% of the subjects described their job as “not very active,” yet 80.1% feel tired at work on a weekly basis, and 77.3% admit that being tired at work has a negative effect on their performance,
  • Many people claim that they have a decent work-life balance. When asked to rate theirs a 1-10 scale, the respondents averaged a 6.11. A total of 12% of the participants gave their balance a  “perfect” 10, while only 5.1% rated their own as “overwhelmed.”

Does the average American have a good work-life balance?

The work-life balance is a precarious balancing act, and it’s something that many people are happy with in their own life. That being said, it seems that many modern workers are pushing themselves pretty hard in order to do their job, see their friends and family, and also participate in hobbies and outside endeavors. A fair number of Americans take or would consider taking an energy product to help keep them on task, especially if it doesn’t contain any sugar.

What did we learn from this survey?

Quite a lot, actually. The survey shows the following:

A typical workday is at least seven hours.

For a long time, Americans have thought the average workday to be eight hours, and that still rings true today. In the survey, it was found that the majority of our participants (69.1%) work seven to eight hours a day. Of the participants, under a third reported a workday of seven hours or less. A total of 35.1% reported longer days.

The 40-hour workweek is not so common.

Sometimes, longer shifts or working days are combined with a shorter workweek, but that’s not always the case. During this survey, many of the participants stated they regularly put in more time than the traditional 40 hours per week. There were 31.7% of the participants who reported working more than 40 hours on a weekly basis, while 22.7% say that this happens a few times a month. Only 20.1% of our participants said they never work overtime.

Many jobs require physical strength and activity.

A number of the participants reported that their careers demand more than just their time and energy —it requires physical activity as well.

The majority of the participants were required to perform a significant amount of physical activity on a daily basis. Of the people interviewed, only 21.1% — the smallest group — described their job as “not very active.” Meanwhile, 49.8% of interviewees said that their position was either “active” or “very active,” with 29.2% calling their job “somewhat active.”

If only we could just wake up, snap our fingers, and arrive at work, dressed and ready. Alas, those heading to work need to wake up and prepare for getting to their workplace.

Many of the participants said that they need to set their alarms for the crack of dawn. Out of the people participating in this survey, the majority stated they typically wake up in the wee hours of the morning for work; 28.7% set their daily alarm for between 6-7 a.m.; 27.8% pull themselves out of bed between 5-6 a.m., and 11.6% rise before 5 a.m.

It’s alarmingly common to be wiped out at work.

Given the findings, it was surprising to learn that a staggering amount of people claimed to feel tired at work on a very regular basis.

Only 16.7% of people interviewed claimed never to feel tired at work, while a tiny fraction (3.2%) said it’s a rare or monthly occasion. Meanwhile, 35.9% claimed that they feel tired on the job on a daily basis, and 44.2%[1] of participants reported that though some days are fine, they still feel tired at least one day a week.

[1] This is a combined number: 25.9% reported exhaustion 1-2 a week, while 18.3% reported 3-4 times a week.

Being tired makes work a lot harder.

Understatement time: It isn’t fun to be tired when you need to get work done.

Having a tired mind and body has a pretty undesirable impact on a person’s work performance. Most of the people who participated tended to agree, with 77.3% confirming that they think that feeling tired at work has a negative effect on their productivity.

The average American is expected to work a LOT.

Almost half of the participants (46.5%) reported they’ve actually taken a sick or vacation day because they felt too tired to go into work, but not everybody can afford to do that. In fact, the study showed that most workers aren’t taking a lot of time off at all; over half the people stated they didn’t even use all of their allotted vacation time last year.

Despite feeling tired, many feel they have a decent work-life balance.

Though many Americans in the workforce are reporting long hours and less sleep, they aren’t necessarily drowning beneath it. When asked if the participants felt like they had a good work-life balance, only 5.1% rated their balance with a 1, saying they felt “overwhelmed.” The overall response was fairly positive, with an average rating of 6.11  out of 10. 12% of respondents claimed they felt a “perfect balance” with a 10.

Work has an impact on hobbies.

Most of the participants — 35.9% — claim they “sometimes” feel up to hitting the gym or participating in their preferred hobbies after a long workday, but only 7.4% claim to “always” be up to it, while 20.4% state they can “usually” rally. 25.7% said though they do sometimes engage in after-work activities, it’s “not often,” and 10.6% “never” participate in their hobbies after work.

When it comes to social activity, tiredness matters less.

Though quite a few people choose to leave their hobbies for the weekend, social interaction is a different story. When asked if they often had the energy to spend time with their family and friends after work, 20.1% of participants answered “never” or “not often.” The majority, at 41.7%, claimed to “sometimes” have the energy to spend quality time with their loved ones after a long day, while 26.6% said “usually,” and a very committed 11.6% said “always.”

Many workers are looking for a solution from being tired.

Save the lucky few who have offices with “nap pods,” most people in the workforce have a day-to-day method for waking up when sleep isn’t possible. For some of the people participating, that method includes taking an energy product, or it’s something they’d consider trying. A majority of participants said they would be “likely” to “extremely likely” to consider an energy product as a solution to their work-time tiredness.

People want a sugar-free energy solution.

When the participants were asked how they would rate the importance of finding a sugar-free energy product on a scale from 1 (not important) to 10 (very important), they gave an average rating of 6.48, with 23.4% of people giving it a full 10.

Summary of findings on sleep and work-life balance survey

In this survey, we see that the average American is a hard worker who puts a lot of hours into what they do — and this can have an impact on their sleep and energy. Many, many people reported feeling tired at work on a daily basis.

The survey has shown that many Americans, despite the demands of their workload, still make their friends, family, and hobbies a priority in their lives, and rate their work-life ratio as being pretty balanced. However, many people are going to sleep late while others wake up very early, potentially causing more tired days at work.

As indicated by the survey results, a large number of workers are searching for a solution and have even taken sick days from work just to sleep. Many could see themselves taking an energy product to help feel more energetic, especially if the product doesn’t contain sugar.

Generally, this survey shows that, regardless of lifestyle, people are often looking for ways to feel more energetic. These people typically want sugar-free products to help. Thus, there is a market for an effective solution, such as sugarless energy product.


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