It’s the kind of headline we see often, and can send a steady stream of insomniacs to sleep centers searching for answers.
Economic impact of sleep deprivation…
In terms of dollars to the economy, sleep deprivation in America’s workplace amounts to a staggering $63.2 billion in lost productivity.
Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pegs sleep deprivation as affecting 40.6 million workers—30% of the civilian work population.
Direct correlation between sleep loss and time spent on checking online pages…
A separate study shows how workers actually waste time online if they come to work sleep deprived: 8.4 minutes are spent checking emails and other warm-up-to-the-day pages for “every hour of interrupted sleep the previous night.”
Lack of sleep not an indicator of “sissies and loafers…”
Let’s face it. Sleep is serious business, and corporate icons, like Goldman Sachs, offered sleep hygiene seminars with overwhelming response from employees.
In short, a University of Southern California study shows, that the grueling hours of such bankers relates to direct causes of “physical and emotional ailments;” this, in a matter of four years at their jobs.
Blue-chip companies weigh-in on solutions…
Johnson and Johnson estimates 30% of workers operate in a “sleep-deprived fog.” As such, they offer tools that might assist in finding a solution via their Wellness & Prevention department: they provide ways to help diagnose a sleep problem, as well as ‘digital coaching to actually improve those before-bedtime routines.
Things to do…
The list may be commonplace advice, but it always comes back to well-known culprits like caffeine and too much brain activity:
- Stop coffee completely after the Noon time.
- An hour before lights out…shut down all electronics.
- Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet…and dark.
Keep that room as a special, special place for “sleep and romance only.”