Sleepless nights cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and parents have it worst.
You and your kids both need a good night’s sleep, which is unfortunate because parents and children are notoriously bad at catching adequate snoozes. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep and that kids under the age of 13 get up to 11 hours of sleep. For many parents, this might as well be a recommendation to sprout wings and fly.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting the noble fight for a few extra minutes or maybe — if fates align — an extra hour. Studies suggest that you’re a more dangerous driver when you’re sleepy, that even one extra hour of sleep would improve your child’s performance in school, and that a perpetually unrested workforce costs the United States economy billions of dollars each year. Here’s the pro-sleep data for those looking to make the case for the snooze button.
When You Snooze Behind The Wheel
Literally falling asleep at the wheel is a real risk when you’re overtired, but a more realistic and more common danger is experiencing microsleeps. Microsleeps are short episodes of loss of attention—a blank stare, your head snapping to attention, your eyes closing for a long moment—often experienced during a monotonous task, such as driving on the highway. One 2008 study examined how microsleeps…