THE WELLNESS VALUE OF SLEEP

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Money magazine did a reader survey exploring the topic of how sleep affects various aspects of workers’ lives (“The Financial Side of Sleep” March 2016, p. 18). One of the results seems to be that a worker’s annual medical costs correlate with sleep quality, with good sleepers benefiting the most. Here is how individual annual medical costs stacked up relative to sleep quality:

  • Insomnia syndrome—$3,676
  • Insomnia symptoms—$2,035
  • Good sleepers—$1,587

When companies can facilitate wellness, employees tend to sleep better, and medical costs decrease. That makes sense for companies and their employees. In our healthcare-challenged world today, we cannot afford to turn down anything that reduces the costs, especially when it involves good quality sleep.


About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger.

I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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