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.