Businesses wake up to sleep concerns
手机彩票appIt's one of the most important things we do each day - sleep.
But sleep deprivation appears to have worsened in the past decade amid a global 24/7 work culture that demands employees are plugged in, checking and responding to emails and answering work calls at home, say experts.
"Working long hours and sleeping less than seven hours has become a badge of honor in many industries despite evidence that proves a lack of sleep hurts productivity, safety and overall health," former American Academy of Sleep Medicine president Dr Ilene Rosen said in a statement.
Worldwide, a lack of sleep among the workforce in the US, Britain, Canada, Germany and Japan costs their economies half a trillion dollars per year collectively, according to a 2016 study by the Rand Corp。
The United States alone loses $411 billion per year due to tired workers. The decline in productivity means an estimated 1.23 million days are lost per year due to health-related employee absences, Rand found.
If people get more sleep, it could boost the global economy, research by Rand suggests。 Rand found that if workers who slept under six hours snoozed for seven hours instead, it could add $226。4 billion to the US economy, $29。9 billion to the UK, $34。1 billion to Germany, $12 billion to Canada and $75。7 billion to Japan's economy。
Failing to get a good night's rest can wreak havoc on health, affecting people's ability to work, their mental health, blood pressure and mortality rate, warns the American Sleep Association.
手机彩票app"Approximately 70 million US adults reported sleeping less than six hours in a 24-hour period in 2012," said Camilo Ruiz, medical director of the Choice Physicians Sleep Center in Miami, Florida, in an email to China Daily. "Make sleep a priority during the work week (because) catching up on your sleep during the weekend may not be enough to stave off the effects of sleep loss."
A lack of sleep can also lead to more serious conditions, including sleep apnea, when people stop breathing during sleep; insomnia, restless leg syndrome and excessive daytime sleepiness, known as narcolepsy。