Sleep Shorts: Sleep Deprivation = Being Drunk on the Job

According to researchers in he Sleep Medicine Division of Harvard Medical School, the average American has lost an hour and half of sleep per night over the past few decades.


The sleep-deprivation epidemic is costing companies $63 billion a year from insomnia and other health and productivity-related problems. According to Russell Sanna, the division’s executive director, clinical trials ave shown that sleep deprivation is the “equal cognitive impairment as alcohol consumption.”

“Nobody’s particularly interested in having their employees show up intoxicated. But unless they’re paying attention to sleep deprivation that’s what in fact happening.”

[Article Source: Sleep Savvy Magazine January/February 2014]

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