Research has confirmed that good quality sleep improves many of the attributes associated with improved performance at work, in school, and in sports. These include: alertness, attention, balance, behavior, concentration, creativity, decision-making, emotions, energy, endurance, focus, goal-setting, health, IQ, judgment, karma, learning ability, mood, motivation, optimism, performance, problem-solving, reaction & recovery times, reasoning, risk-taking, self-control, talents, utility, value, working memory, and more.
CORPORATE VIEW – Back in 2011 researchers from Harvard Medical School published Insomnia and Performance of US Workers with the results of a study of work absenteeism and presenteeism (on the job but with low work performance) based on a questionnaire and an estimated 23% incidence of insomnia, and an assumption that one-third of all US adults experience weekly difficulties with nighttime sleep. From that they estimated a $63 billion/year economic impact.
The “one-third of all US adults” assumption corresponds with the number of working adults who sleep less than 6 hours, but nearly half sleep less than the recommended 7-9 hours. And rather than estimate the negative impact of insomnia, I’ve often wondered about the positive impact with especially good sleep duration and quality undisturbed by job & family stress, artificial lights, and other dysrhythmias of modern life.
WORKER VIEW – Two years ago, early in my study of sleep, I was looking for ways to help convince people to prioritize sleep. Since I found no research citing the individual benefits, I developed a spreadsheet model myself to estimate it myself and published the results as The Economic Value of a Good Night’s Sleep.
I modeled lifetime benefits in earning capacity and net worth of nearly $8 million over a lifetime using fairly conservative assumptions that started with a new college graduate entering the workforce with a salary of $50,000/year and with faster career advancement due to good sleep improving the attributes listed above. The model also considered the ability to live and work longer with good health, leading to more years of income and fewer years of drawing from retirement savings.
PARENTAL VIEW – Later I got interested in how sleep benefits young children as their brains develop and IQ is determined. Maybe my economic model should have started at birth. After all, new research shows how good sleep leads to better behavior and grades in kids, even determining what college they can get into, if they can earn scholarships, what career options are open to them, and what their first starting salary will be – then leading into the rest of the model.
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