To become a more productive, reliable worker, new research suggests you need at least seven hours sleep. A new study, published in the Medical Sleep Journal, showed that workers who get seven to eight hours of shuteye each night are likely to take less sick days than those who sleep fewer hours.
Researchers hoping to examine the relationship between sleep and sickness surveyed 3,760 men and women aged 30 to 64 about their sleep habits, then linked those results with data about work absenteeism of each participant. Over the course of seven years, they surveyed participants in Finland about insomnia-related symptoms, early morning awakenings, sleeping pill use, sleep apnea symptoms, daytime tiredness and sleepiness.
Most notably, they discovered that sleep duration alone, could act as a predictor of sickness-related absence. The average optimal sleep duration for women was 7.6 hours, and 7.8 for men, with people getting seven to eight hours of sleep taking an average of nine to 10 fewer sick days per year than others.
This new research is the newest in a long line of studies documenting the importance of sleep in an increasingly 24/7 world. Do you find that you take more sick days due to sleep related issues? Let us know via Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Silentnightbeds?fref=ts or Twitter:https://twitter.com/silentnightbeds
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