Longer Work Days Leave Americans Nodding Off On the Job
Monday, March 3, 2008
roads,” said Darrel Drobnich, NSF acting chief executive officer. “Longer workdays and more access to colleagues and the workplace through the Internet and other technology appear to be causing Americans to get less sleep. Reciprocally, the effects of sleep loss on work performance are costing U.S. employers tens of billions of dollars a year in lost productivity. It’s time for American workers and employers to make sleep a priority.”
Poor Sleep Quality Affects Work Performance
Americans are not getting the sleep they need which may affect their ability to perform well during the workday. More than one-fourth (28%) of those polled say that daytime sleepiness interferes with their daily activities at least a few days each month. And interestingly, though on average people say they need to get 7 hours and 18 minutes of sleep per night to be at their best during the next workday they report only getting an average of 6 hours and 40 minutes of sleep per night on weekdays. When Americans do go to sleep, they do not sleep long enough nor soundly enough, and these sleep problems may even be affecting the sleep quality of their bed partner.