Parenting is one reason people don't get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep impacts the economy because it is linked to lower productivity at work and decreased academic performance among children. Also, sleep-deprived people have a higher risk of dying, such as in a car accident.
Obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions. The forces driving this trend include marketing practices at grocery stores, friends' junk-food preferences, and nutritional messages that parents send their kids.
Sleep and sleep loss matters to all aspects of society, from an individual's health to the success of the global economy. Insufficient sleep costs five of the largest economies more than half a trillion dollars per year, but improving sleeping habits and duration can have major impacts.
About a third of American adults choose not to sleep with their partner and evidence suggests that their ranks are growing. This decision calls into question some false assumptions people make about couples.
School start times are becoming a hotly debated topic across the United States. Starting middle and high school at 8.30 a.m. would help the health of teenagers and the benefits would likely outweigh the economic cost after a reasonable time.
Two key effects of better-rested teens are improved academic performance and reduced motor vehicle crashes. Delaying school start times to 8:30 a.m. could result in economic benefits that would be realized within a matter of years — $10 billion in California alone.
Combining substance abuse treatment with regular medical care can successfully treat people with opioid or alcohol addiction, providing an option that might expand treatment and lower the cost of caring for people caught up in the nation's opioid epidemic.
A state-by-state analysis (in 47 states) of the economic implications of a shift in school start times in the U.S., shows that a nationwide move to 8.30 a.m. could contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy within a decade. These gains would be realized through higher academic and professional performance, and reduced car crash rates.
Moving school start times to 8:30 a.m. could contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy within a decade. These gains would come from higher academic and professional performance, and reduced car crash rates.