Sleepy Americans cost their bosses billions of dollars

A third of Americans are not getting enough sleep, which translates into billions of dollars in lost productivity, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Harvard Medical School researchers have concluded that about $63.2 billion is lost annually due to something called “presenteeism,” people showing up for work when they are sleep-deprived.

A separate study found that workers waste about 8.4 minutes per hour of interrupted sleep.

“If we treated machinery like we treat the human body, there would be breakdowns all the time,” said James Maas, a former Cornell University psychologist and author of “Sleep for Success.”

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