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Economic impact of sleep loss, sleepiness, and sleep disorders

WithKin M Yuen, Clete Kushida

Sleep disturbances and sleep loss are often viewed as normal aspects of everyday life. In a globally connected system, advanced technology allows for frequent communication, and thus, interruptions in our daily lives. Since the turn of the last century, the general population has progressively reduced the amount of nocturnal sleep by about 20%. The 2000 Sleep in America Omnibus Poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) revealed that 33% of American adults surveyed slept only 6.5 hours or less nightly during the working week.1 Of those surveyed, 24% had difficulty getting up for work on two or more days per week, 58% had difficulty making decisions and solving problems.