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More Sleep Equals More Money

Tell your boss to read this the next time he reprimands you for dozing off at your desk again
by Tanya Umali | Aug 25, 2016
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You there who sleep a lot and have been called lazy a few times in your life, take heed. Your so-called flaw stands to earn you big bucks provided you do the work and strive to excel. A new scientific study has revealed that people who get enough rest are more productive at work.

Turns out that spending adequate time on rest boosts your chances of earning more than your sleep-deprived brethren. 

Obviously, people who don’t get enough sleep tend to space out or feel tired even if they just woke up. Because their concentration's impaired, they become less productive at work, decreasing opportunity for a huge salary bump. 

In a 2015 study, economists Matthew Gibson and Jeffrey Shrader proved even an extra hour of sleep could increase a person’s earnings.

Observing the sleeping patterns of people from opposite time zones, they noticed that since the sunset time on one side of a time zone is an hour earlier than the sunset time on the other side, people living on the western side of a time zone, where the sun sets later, go to bed later. By understanding their sleeping and waking time, they were able to conclude the productivity of an individual.

For example, the sunset time in the Philippines is currently at 6:13 p.m. while the sunset time in New York is at 7:39 p.m. That gives people in the Philippines a one-hour sleep advantage over their New York-based counterparts.

Gibson and Shrader say that when the brain doesn’t get enough rest, it fails to perform the functions it’s supposed to do for the body. Cells are unable to finish repairing themselves and the brain is unable to cleanse itself of the previous days’ events. This leads to disorientation, a state where you feel “sabaw” and “lutang.

“We show that increasing short-run weekly average sleep in a location by one hour increases worker wages by one percent. Increasing long-run weekly average sleep in a location by one hour increases wages by 4.5 percent,” say the researchers.

In Japan, firms encourage their employees to sleep at work because workers in Japan only get six hours and 22 minutes of sleep during work nights. This practice is called Inemuri or "sleeping while present." Japanese companies are convinced that letting employees take a 20-30 minute power nap at work leads to better performance. Sleeping on the job actually means the employee is dedicated to his work.

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