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Results of a survey published in October's issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, links insomnia, a common sleep disorder, to a 40% elevated risk of workplace incidents that cost a company $500.00 or more. 

The survey, entitled the America Insomnia Survey, was a national phone survey of 10,094 privately-insured health plan members.  The participants were selected from a claims database that covers more than 34 million people.

Of the more than 4,000 employed or self-employed survey respondents who provided complete data on physical and mental comorbidities that were analyzed, 20% screened positive for insomnia lasting at least 12 months.  A total of 4% analyzed reported workplace accidents or errors that cost the company at least $500.00 over the prior 12 months. 

On average, insomnia-linked accidents cost $32,062.00.  These costs were significantly higher than the $21,914.00 for workplace accidents not linked to insomnia.  The total projected costs of insomnia-related workplace accidents to U.S. businesses is approximately $31 billion a year.  It was found that insomniacs were 90% more likely to report accidents at work and 40% likely to have made an error that cost the company significant money. 

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