Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at sleep and productivity. Mike, it’s common to wish people in your family a good night’s sleep. We do this because we know sleeping well can give the person energy and a good attitude the next day. But are there other benefits to sleeping well at night?
Mike: Summary Answer
- There are, and the benefits are not just the person sleeping well
- First, what kind of sleep is beneficial
- Researchers say it’s the quality of sleep, rather than the time slept
- That is, someone who sleeps soundly for six hours can be more rested than a person who sleeps fitfully for eight hours
- Research shows good sleep makes a person more productive at work – which translates into lower prices and better quality
- Interesting, the positive impact of sleep on productivity is even better with naps
- Maybe we’ll see nap rooms in future businesses
- I’m MW
Mary: And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.