Sleep-deprived workers are costing the world’s economies billions of dollars every year. According to a study by Rand Europe, the U.S. economy is suffering the greatest impact, losing an estimated $411 billion annually through tired or absent employees. Some 1.2 million working days are lost in the U.S. every year with costs equating to 2.28 percent of the country’s GDP. Japan is also suffering the effects of insufficient sleep with 600,000 working days lost a year costing $138 billion or 2.92 percent of its GDP. In the UK, sleep-deprived employees deprive the economy some 600,000 working days and $50 billion. The study also focused on the health implications caused by a lack of sleep, finding that those sleeping less than six hours a night are 13 percent more likely to die early than those getting seven to nine hours sleep every night. It also called on employers to recognise the scale of the problem, build nap rooms and promote the importance of sleep.
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