A Good Night’s Sleep May Mean a Good Day’s Work


Do you have a tough time getting through every hectic workday? No matter what your job is, it is very important to come to work well-rested after a good night’s sleep. A recent study of nearly 4,000 people in Finland of working age, from 30 to 64, found that getting enough sleep every night meant the worker was less likely to take time off from work due to illness. Your body may actually experience flu-like symptoms when you don’t get enough sleep throughout the night. After following people for seven years, it was found that people that slept less than six hours were much more likely to have greater amounts of absence from work due to illness. These facts are true for both men and women.

The main investigator of the study, named Tea Lallukka, works at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. In a news release it was reported that, “Optimal sleep duration should be promoted, as very long and very short sleep indicate health problems and subsequent sickness absence.” This means that getting the right amount of sleep will help you fight sickness and be present every workday. It is important to save your days off work for fun and vacations rather than wasting them when you are sick in bed.

The optimal amount of sleep was averaged out for men and women and the numbers for each gender is different. The study found that the ideal amount of sleep was for seven hours and 38 minutes for women and then seven hours and 46 minutes for men. Lallukka added, “Those sleeping five hours or less, or 10 hours or more, were absent from work every year to 4.6 to 8.9 days more, compared to those with the optimal sleep length.” This adds up to a vacation every year.

Sleep benefits you by getting your refreshed for the start of every day, whether it is a Monday or a Saturday morning. When you get the right amount of sleep, it is less likely you will need to call out sick and waste any earned time off or lose wages because of illness. Think of it this way: A little more sleep tonight can add up to a seven day vacation in the future!

If you can’t get the right amount of sleep every night or believe you have a sleep disorder, it is important to schedule an appointment with the sleep experts at FusionSleep. The lead researcher of the study found that, “Insomnia symptoms should be detected early to help prevent sickness absence and deterioration in health, well-being, and functioning.” Schedule an appointment with one of our professionals today to improve your work life by getting a better night’s sleep every night.