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What is Insomnia
« on: August 03, 2006, 04:29:57 AM »
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Insomnia = Increase Absence From Work (and Medical School!)

Employees who suffer from insomnia have a significantly higher rate of
absence at work than those who sleep well.

Results show that 50 percent of employees who suffer from insomnia
have at least one time of absence from work over a two-year period,
compared with only 34 percent of good sleepers. Insomniacs also miss
an average of 5.8 days of work per year, while good sleepers miss only
2.4 days.

"In other words, insomniacs were more frequently absent from work, and
their absences lasted longer," the authors write.

Insomnia involves a difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep and
can cause troublesome daytime sleepiness or fatigue. Occasional
insomnia affects as many as one-third of U.S. adults.
The study also shows that insomnia has a significant effect on the
cost of absenteeism. The work absences of employees with insomnia cost
an average of $3,025 per employee each year, while the missed days of
good sleepers cost an average of $1,250.

The study group consisted of 369 workers with insomnia and 369 good
sleepers who were matched for age, sex, occupational category and type
of employer. A statistical difference in the number of work absences
related to insomnia appears across each of these sub-groups.

To be included in the insomnia group, study subjects had to have a
history of insomnia over at least the two previous years. The
researchers obtained each study subject's record of work absences from
the employer's human resources department.

"If our common objective is to reduce societal costs," the authors
conclude, "occupational health centers and primary care physicians
probably have a major role to play in the early detection of sleep
disorders and in directing patients toward adequate care provision."

Reference:
Leger D, Massuel MA, Metlaine A; SISYPHE Study Group.
Professional correlates of insomnia.
Sleep. 2006 Feb 1;29(2):171-8.
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