Labor Day Study: Insomnia Hurts Productivity and How Pulse Oximeters May Help

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A recent study suggests that sleep disorders can add up to almost $63 billion annually in lost productivity, and an instrument known as a pulse oximeter, offered by companies like, can help sufferers identify their condition and get back to work.

A Sleep Unit Pulse Oximeter from internet retailer

A Sleep Unit Pulse Oximeter (photo courtesy of

The amount of productivity lost by the average employee with a sleep disorder is 7.8 working days per year

A common cold or a fever is usually what leads to most sick days in corporate America. Most employers prefer their employees to stay home if he or she is sick, choosing not get other employees sick, which would lead to even more lost productivity. Illness is not the only reason that employees are missing time, however.

A recent study, sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis and Merck, revealed some very astonishing data. The study revealed that almost 23% of employees in the United States suffer from insomnia or another form of sleep disorder. Even though 23% of the work force suffers from insomnia, there is not an increase in sick days in that pool of employees with the sleep disorder. A further survey showed that employees with sleep disorders still come into work on their regular schedules, but are more likely to be less productive due to lack of sleep. The amount of productivity lost by the average employee with a sleep disorder is 7.8 working days a year. This equates to almost $2,300 a year in salary paid for work not performed. Ultimately, that round off to almost $63 billion lost in productivity due to insomnia or other sleep disorders.

Conditions such as COPD or asthma require constant monitoring of oxygen levels. To monitor one’s oxygen levels, a pulse oximeter is required. A pulse oximeter, also known as a pulse ox, is a medical device used to measure blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate of an individual. A pulse oximeter has been a staple in clinical settings for decades now, but recently became available in a portable form for home use. Sleep disorders, such as insomnia, have a close relationship with low oxygen levels. As oxygen levels go down, various disorders can form. A sleep unit pulse oximeter provides readings of oxygen levels within seconds, which has proven to be very useful to sleep disorder patients. It allows the patients to be able to discuss their issues in detail with their doctors. It also allows them to better understand their own conditions, which can help them face their sleep issues and get back to work.

For a link to the full study from Sleep Magazine, click here.

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