Sleep Disorders And Their Impact on The Labor Market

Sleep disorders affect 45% of the world population.

The impact on the labor market

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

A study conducted from the Harvard Medical School (USA) explains that each American worker costs his employer an average of 2,280 dollars (about 1,580 euros) a year due to these sleeps problems. The figure is calculated taking into account the time that is wasted due to not having rested well, which adds an average of 7.8 days per worker throughout the year.

Sleep Disorders and Their Impact on the Labor Market

In Spain, where wages are lower, the labor and medical problem is equivalent. The difficulty lies in the fact that the employees go to their jobs but they yield less due to lack of sleep.

In addition, sleep disorders are one of the main causes of depression, which further aggravates the problem.

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

When in doubt about having a sleep disorder, polysomnography is recommended; a complete study that is done while the person is asleep and that measures the factors that affect the sleep of each individual.

A good diagnosis contemplates the origin of the sleep disorder and how to solve it, which allows the worker to return to being productive and to have a habitual rhythm.

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