The Impact of Sleep on Earnings

Here at RetirementSavvy, we often talk about the importance of your fiscal health and your physical health; and the nexus between the two. Two well-known components of physical health are diet and exercise. There’s another which gets less attention: sleep.

Does working more hours, and sleeping less, lead to greater income? I would suggest it’s probably not the number of hours worked, but the level of productivity; quality over quantity. Maybe it depends on the industry and the specific type of work.

The folks at Tuck wanted to know, how does the sleep/work trade-off really work? Is it really true – statistically true – that sleeping less means earning more? Might there be exceptions to the rule? And how do specific careers compare with one another in this regard?

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