Sleep disorders and job market

Sleep disorders affect 45% of the world’s population

The impact on the job market

Sleep disorders often appear as a group of symptoms that belong to a serious illness, although in many cases the people who suffer it do not receive an adequate diagnosis or treatment. Living with a constant lack of sleep not only affects our quality of life but over time implies a decrease in productivity that ultimately translates significant economic losses on the labor market.

A study conducted by Medical School of Harvard (USA) explains that because of these sleep problems., each American employee costs to his employer an average of  2,280 dollars per year. This number is calculated taking into account the time wasted by not having rested well, which means an average of 7.8 days per employee throughout the year.

In Spain, where wages are lower, the labor market and medical problem is equivalent. The matter is that employees come to their jobs, but they perform it badly because of sleep deprivation.

In addition, sleep disorders are one of the main causes of depression, a problem that aggravates the situation.


One of the sleep disorders that often goes underdiagnosed is snoring and sleep apnea. When a person snores, it is not seen as a problem, when actually affects the quality of life and can hide a serious condition such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSAS), which increases the risk of suffering from hypertension, obesity, diabetes and degenerative diseases.

On suspicion of having an sleep disorder it is recommended to perform a polysomnography test; which is a complete study that is done during a person’s sleep and measures the factors that affect the sleep of each individual.

A good diagnosis of the issue analyses the cause of the sleep disorder and how to solve it, which allows the employee to be productive again and to have a regularpace of work.

Sources:

https://hbr.org/2011/01/sleep-deprivations-true-workpl.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20042880

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20431417

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