Sleep & Human Capital

 In Health

In summary, this study is one of the first to show that even mild changes to sleep patterns can affect human capital in significant ways. We demonstrate that more sleep may lead to significant, immediate, health improvements for people on the margin to getting hospitalized.

Today I’m presenting you an article on a brand new study which has been released on the thirteenth of June this year, two thousand sixteen.

Today is the seventh of July. It’s not even a month old and it is huge. What it wanted to do was to test for a cause or relationship between sleep and human capital.

Those studies have been done before but this one is really much much bigger than anything I’ve ever seen before. Basically what they did was that over the first decade of the new millennium, really during a long time, they looked at all the countries that are having the daylight saving time, setting clocks. Setting clocks forward one hour in spring and backwards one hour in fall. What they did is they really looked at the whole year and specifically at those two days when clocks are changed and how it affected people.

 

It was very clear that the hospital consensus was that there were severe health effects that even required in patient stays. That when the clocks were set forward so that there was one hour less sleep, inpatient stays increased. But something that is also huge is that when the clocks were set back one hour, meaning that the sleep duration was longer  for the sleep deprived ., actually there was a self reported health increase and hospital admissions decreased significantly for four days. 

This is huge.

They really really looked at all of this. For ten years with a hundred and sixty million observations in Germany, three point four millions in the U.S.

So just thinking that one hour or more sleep is decreasing hospital admissions by four days consistently, that’s huge.

In summary this study is one of the first to show that even minor changes to sleep patterns can affect human capital in significant ways.

I’m gob smacked really. I always knew this but I’m so glad that finally there is a study and some numbers to really prove it. T

his has really demonstrated that more sleep may really lead to significant immediate health improvements for people on the margin to getting hospitalized.

If someone who might have a bad heart or whether someone who might have a stroke or not, this could make the difference. 

I’m really excited about this as you probably hear. I’m just really glad that finally we’ve got this on black and white.

I made a summary of this and it’s just really to say, once again, that sleep shouldn’t be neglected. It’s not to freak you out. It’s not to say that you’re going to land in hospital tomorrow but it does help to get people, companies motivated to at least look at their own sleep.

All right, I’m so excited to have been able to share this with you today. I wish you a beautiful day. It’s a beautiful day in Luxemburg, finally we seem to get some sun. I will talk to you very soon and if you have any question, please don’t hesitate to email me at Christine at Sleep Like A Boss dot com. Talk to you soon, bye, bye.

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