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Study Shows Exactly How Much Sleep Deprivation Costs The U.S. Economy

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It’s estimated that parents lose about 44 days worth of sleep during their baby’s first year. According to UK nonprofit research group RAND Corp, sleep deprivation in the U.S. costs the economy about $411 billion a year — $273 billion dollars more than Japan loses for the same reasons. If it feels like you’re getting robbed every time your kid wakes you up, it’s because you kind of are.

The study titled “Why Sleep Matters — The Economic Costs of Insufficient Sleep” reveals that the $411 billion debt is a result of reduced productivity and increased death linked with lack of sleep. This translates to a loss of 1.2 million work days, or 2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Oh, and people’s lives. They found that the risk of death is 13 percent higher for for people who got less than 6 hours of sleep, and 7 percent higher for those who slept 6 to 7 hours. That’s compared to those who slept 7 to 9 hours on average (aka people without kids). In other words, you’ll literally sleep when you’re dead.

Of course, now that you have a tiny human relying on you, that’s not a solution either. Try not to let the slow creep of death keep you from relaxing, because the study’s authors suspect that simply increasing your sleep just over 6 hours could boost the U.S. economy back up about $226.4 billion. So no, daddy isn’t napping — he’s being a good citizen.

[H/T] CBS News