According to a study by the Rand Corporation, the United States is suffering an economic loss of up to $411 billion annually due to people not getting enough sleep. That translates into a loss of 1.23 million working days every year. Sleep deprivation is also linked to a higher mortality risk. Inadequate sleep reduces the safety and productivity of workers; well-rested employees are more efficient, tend to be healthier, and feel more content. People should be taught about the importance of sleep at a young age; poor sleeping habits in middle age can be traced back to sleep patterns formed in youth.
You’re Getting Very Sleepy. (So Is Everyone Else.): Fewer people in industrialized countries are getting adequate sleep.