Working From Home During COVID-19 And American Sleep Patterns (2020 Data)

In May 2020, we surveyed 1,020 Americans on how working from home during COVID-19 affects their sleep patterns. The results reveal interesting data from factors that impact American sleep patterns to activities they prefer during the COVID-19 quarantine

I. Survey Demographics

Who Took The Survey

SleepStandards conducted a survey with a random sample of 1,020 Americans aged between 18 and 73.

51% of them are female, while 49% are male.

II. Survey Results

Sleep patterns of Americans since They were forced to work from home

  • 50.2% of Americans stated that their sleep patterns are negatively affected
  • The generation witnessing the most impact on sleep pattern is Millennial (60%), followed by Gen X (22%). This is compared to just 11% of Gen Z and 6% of Baby Boomer

Factors that affect American sleep patterns while working remotely

  • Nearly 66% of participants blur the boundaries between work and life, while 55% find it difficult to switch off
  • Almost 53% of respondents' sleep patterns are affected because of late-night screen, while nearly 47% end up working later

Late-night screen


Blur the boundaries between work and life


Difficulty switching off


End up working later




Solutions to improve sleep pattern

  • The most widely-used methods are setting a consistent sleep schedule (52%) and exercising (51%)
  • 38% of Americans are reserving their bed only for sleep
  • Americans who have tried drawing a line between work and life and watching what they consume represent the same figure at 36%
  • 14% of participants avoid using electronic devices before bed

Setting a consistent sleep schedule




Reserving the bed only for sleep


Drawing a line between work and life


Watching what you consume


A screen ban before bed


Rooms for working from home

  • 33% of participants are lucky enough to have a home office to work from, while the same percentage has to work in their bedroom
  • 42% of Americans choose to work in the living room, while 10% work in the kitchen
  • Only Millennials have the idea of working in the bathroom, which makes up just 1%

Home office




Living room






Changes in sleep duration of remote workers

  • The majority of participants (37%) sleep more, while 26% say that their sleep duration remains unchanged
  • The figures of people who sleep 1 to 2 hours less are the same at 18%

Downtime activities of americans during the week

  • Watching streaming services is the most preferred activity, making up 67%
  • 21% of Americans want to get more sleep, and more than half of them are people whose sleep patterns have been affected since working from home
  • Some other popular activities including using social media, exercising, and calling friends & family account for 52%, 46% and 31% respectively

Watching streaming services


Getting more sleep


Using social media




Calling friends & Family


Sleep patterns of americans once the lockdown ends

  • 62% of Americans think that their sleep patterns will be better after the lockdown, while 38% don't think so

Preferred work model after the lockdown

  • Nearly 5 out of 10 Americans prefer working from home to working at the office after the lockdown

III. Methodology And Limitations

To collect the data shown above, we surveyed 1,020 respondents in the United States who have been forced to work from home during COVID-19. An attention-checker question was included to ensure the participants did not mindlessly answer questions. 

Because the survey relies on self-reporting, issues such as telescoping and exaggeration can influence responses. Please also note that this survey’s results do not reflect our opinions. 

IV. Fair Use Statement

If you know someone who could benefit from our findings, feel free to share this project with them. The graphics and content are available for noncommercial reuse. All we ask is that you link back to this page so that readers get all the necessary information and our contributors receive proper credit.

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