Sleep Deprivation And Productivity: Harvard Professor Explains Need For Shift Schedule Change (VIDEO)

03/12/2012 08:14 am ET

As part of National Sleep Awareness Week, the National Sleep Foundation's annual campaign to remind people about the importance and value of sleep, The Huffington Post and The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health collaborated on a live webcast event titled "Fighting the Clock: How America's Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health."

In this highlight from the event, Charles Czeisler, M.D. Ph.D., chief of the division of sleep medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and professor and director of the division of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, explains the findings from a study of factory workers that examined sleep habits and productivity. The study found that some simple changes in the schedule lead to a 20 percent increase in productivity and also better results on the health indices measured. It's a win-win, he says, for tired workers and money-conscious employers. "Health improves simultaneously, but the factories are motivated by an increase in productivity," Dr. Czeisler explains.

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