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Insomnia Costing Companies In Productivity In U.S.

Insomnia is costing companies in productivity in the U.S., a new study shows, with many workers being too tired to work properly, or else they are falling asleep at their jobs.

Insomnia is costing companies in productivity in the U.S., a new study shows, with many workers being too tired to work properly, or else they are falling asleep at their jobs.

According to a nationwide survey, insomnia is affecting productivity in the workplace to the tune of $63 million in the United States alone, with workers too tired to function well on their tasks. And although many people with sleep deprivation still show up at work, it has been calculated that 252 million days of lost productivity occur every year in the U.S. which works out to about 8 lost days of productivity each year for each sleep deprived employee.

The term chronic insomnia is defined most often as difficulty falling or staying asleep, or having sleep with a quality that is not restorative, on most nights for at least one month.

Harvard Medical School professor of health care policy Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, was the leader for the study and noted that “Americans are not missing work because of insomnia. They are still going to their jobs but accomplishing less because they are tired.”

The study involved over 7,400 nationally representative workers who were questioned about their sleeping habits and their work performance as part of a larger study on insomnia. Kessler said that based on the answers to the survey, some 23 per cent of U.S. workers are sleep deprived due to insomnia, although only 14 per cent of workers 65 and older reported this problem.

There are differences between men and women, with 27 per cent of females in the U.S. having insomnia compared to about 20 per cent of males in the workforce.

It is hoped that now the extent of the insomnia problem is out in the open, measures to deal with it can be addressed, although according to the research, one fifth of those with insomnia do receive drug or behavioral treatment for it.

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