Some positions exchange salary for rest. Here are the jobs where you get the most doze for your dollar.

You can sleep or make a lot of money, but usually not both.

In fact, lawyers lead the way in jobs that sleep less, but earn more (7.21 hours a night, $1,833 per week in pay) according to Tuck Sleep. The nonprofit found among 1,500 respondents in 24 separate job fields that people with lower wages tended to get more sleep, while higher wage earners slept less.

“The most surprising thing about the results was definitely that the reported hours slept per night across the board wasn’t lower, especially given how much sleep deprivation is discussed in certain sectors,” Tuck Sleep co-founder Keith Cushner says.

But not all jobs follow the trend they tracked. Your nine-to-five could be leaving you both sleepless and penniless.

Sleep and bank on it

For those who want the best of both worlds, there are a few fields that beat the sleep trend. Those include:

  • Computer and mathematical science: 7.96 hours of sleep a night | Averages $1,752 a week
  • Life, physical and social science: 7.80 hours of sleep | Averages $1,654 a week
  • Architecture and engineering: 7.76 hours of sleep | Averages $1,654 a week
  • Management:  7.67 hours of sleep | Averages $1,477 a week
  • Business and financial: 7.66 hours of sleep | Averages $1,365 a week

Of all the positions listed, everyone gets more than the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of seven hours of sleep a day. 35 percent of Americans miss out on that sleep, on average.

One or the other

If you’re looking to rest the most, look into personal care jobs.

The average worker in the field sleeps over nine hours (9.05) a night, the only job type besides food service who gets to rest that long. But care workers only average $363 a week, the least of all positions on the list.

“We were also quite surprised to find that workers in the food and service industry get as much sleep as they do and that computer programmers (software engineers, developers, etc.) average over 8 hours of sleep per night,” Cushner says.

Notably, although computer programmers and lawyers made about the same pay, programmers slept more. In fact, they sleep almost a full hour more, on average.

Transportation and material-moving jobs earned the most out of the heavy sleepers, clocking $826 on 8.44 hours of sleep a night. Long nights driving trucks do take a toll after all.

Sleeping more without changing careers

If you’re struggling to hit the hay, there are some steps you can take to avoid missing out.

According to Cushner, creating a proper bedtime routine where you sleep around the same time every night, can lead to more rest. Being addicted to using your phone is also not good for sleep, so he says to keep off the apps once in bed.

On top of that, not drinking coffee or alcohol in the late evening and afternoon can keep you from staying up. Cushner says creating a comfortable environment helps sleep as well, which includes the lighting and temperature in you room, as well as actually sleeping in your bed.

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