FRIDAY, Feb. 10 (HealthDay News) — If insomnia has you occasionally calling in sick to work, you’re not alone: A new study finds insomniacs have higher rates of job absenteeism than the habitually well-rested.
A team led by Virginia Godet-Cayre at the Health Economics Research Center in France tracked the work histories of 369 workers with insomnia and 369 workers who were good sleepers.
Reporting in the February issue of Sleep, they found that 50 percent of those with insomnia had at least one time of absence from work over a two-year period, compared with 34 percent of good sleepers.
Workers with insomnia miss an average of 5.8 days of work per year, while good sleepers miss an average of 2.4 days per year, the study found.
“In other words, insomniacs were more frequently absent from work, and their absences lasted longer,” the study authors wrote.
The study also found the work absences of employees with insomnia cost an average of $3,025 per employer each year, compared with an average of $1,250 for good sleepers.