Sleep deprivation 'costs UK £40bn a year'

Sleep deprivation 'costs UK £40bn a year'

A recent article by the BBC reports that sleep deprivation in the workforce is costing the UK economy £40 billion. It quotes research from Rand Europe which collected data on the sleeping habits of over 60,000 people across the UK, Germany, Canada, US and Japan.

The study linked those people getting a reduced level of sleep, less than six hours a night, with an increase in health issues. Not only this, but a lack of sleep has a negative impact upon productivity, with tired workers not just missing work, but also being less productive whilst they are at work.

Ultimately though, it is the health implications which stand out, with people who get less than six hours sleep 13% more likely to die earlier than those who get seven to eight hour sleep a night.

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