Lack of Sleep Takes Big Bite Out of World Economies


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Too little shut-eye can have far-reaching effects — even financial ones, a new report says.

Reduced productivity and an increased risk of death linked to lack of sleep among U.S. workers cost the nation’s economy as much as $411 billion a year. That’s more than 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), the report revealed.

Lack of sleep leads to the loss of about 1.2 million working days a year in the United States. Sleep deprivation-related productivity losses are caused by employees missing work or working at less than ideal levels, said the study authors from the RAND Corp., a nonprofit research organization.

Compared to someone who sleeps an average of seven to nine hours a night, the risk of death is 13 percent higher for those who sleep less than six hours a night, and 7 percent higher for those who sleep six to seven hours a night, the report said.

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/HealthDay717266_20161130_Lack_of_Sleep_Takes_Big_Bite_Out_of_World_Economies.html

Author: allthenews

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