The Economic Perspective: “Sleep and Productivity”

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.