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The high cost of sleep deprivation

In this thoughtful article in the Harvard Business Review, you get a good idea of the widespread and devastating effect of sleep deprivation on our society.

In a study our research team conducted of hospital interns who had been scheduled to work for at least 24 consecutive hours, we found that their odds of stabbing themselves with a needle or scalpel increased 61%, their risk of crashing a motor vehicle increased 168%, and their risk of a near miss increased 460%.

It’s bad enough that people are killing themselves by not sleeping adequately, but in many areas of society we’d certainly be appalled if we knew how many avoidable accidents are a direct result of sleep deprivation.