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Wake-up Call – Get More Sleep

September 14, 2011|Uncategorized

An interesting new report indicates that 1/4 of all U.S. employees are not getting enough sleep and the result is reduced productivity at work.

Poor sleep doesn’t appear to result in absenteeism so much as mental absenteeism – we just can’t think as well or perform as well when we are tired. The study estimated that workers lose more than 11 days worth of productivity to poor sleep.

While the study did not address college students directly, other research has shown that college students have poor sleep habits and often don’t sleep enough, which also likely results in diminished academic performance. Staying up to do school work might help in the short run but in the long term might actually reduce academic performance.

Sometimes stress, anxiety or depression can be the cause of underlying sleep problems. If you are struggling with any of these issues, help is available. Many psychologists specialize in treating these conditions and some even specialize in treating sleep disorders.

Excerpts from report:

Insomnia is costing the average U.S. worker 11.3 days, or $2,280, in lost productivity every year, according to a new study. As a nation, the total cost is $63.2 billion.

“We were shocked by the enormous impact insomnia has on the average person’s life,” said lead author Ronald Kessler, a psychiatric epidemiologist and professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. “It’s an underappreciated problem. Americans are not missing work because of insomnia. They are still going to their jobs but accomplishing less because they’re tired. In an information-based economy, it’s difficult to find a condition that has a greater effect on productivity.”

These findings appear in the Sept. 1 issue of the journal Sleep.

The results were computed from a national sampling of 7,428 employees, part of the larger American Insomnia Study (AIS), which was led by Kessler and funded by Sanofi-Aventis Groupe. Participants were asked about sleep habits and work performance, among other things.

via Wake-up call | Harvard Gazette.

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