Get some sleep, boost the economy

|By:, SA News Editor

"Many of us need more sleep," write Harvard economist Sendhill Mullainathan in the NYT.

"The economic consequences of inadequate sleep are surely huge," Mullainathan adds.

In one month in 2008, a poll showed that 29 percent of workers had fallen asleep or had been very sleepy at work," he notes. The effects can add up: one study in Australia calculated the cost of sleeplessness at 0.8% of the country's gross domestic product.