Most of us suffer an occasional bout of insomnia or, perhaps, don’t get to bed early enough to get the restorative sleep we need to function at optimal productivity throughout the day. Regardless of whether you suffer through a sleepy day every once in a while or have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, the consequences for not getting the rest you need can be far reaching.
The National Sleep Foundation estimates that approximately 40 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with a chronic sleep disorder with 62 percent suffering from sleep deprivation several times a week. These numbers are cause for concern because accumulating sleep debt puts you at increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other chronic health problems. There’s more.
Clearly, our bodies suffer physically when sleep deprivation becomes a constant companion in our lives; however, there are fiscal considerations as well. Reports vary, but it is estimated that employers lose approximately $18 billion a year due to lost productivity in the workplace as a result of sleepy workers. Other reports assess that financial loss at a much higher deficit, as high as $63 billion annually. Regardless of the numbers, it’s clear that sleepiness is an occupational hazard.