Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

How the number of hours you sleep could affect your salary

sleep.jpg

We’ve been told for a long time about how people who wake up at silly o’clock in the morning achieve more than the rest of us – but perhaps it’s not about what time we wake up, so much as the amount of sleep we have.

Because, apparently, the more hours we sleep, the more money we are likely to earn.

A study by researchers in the US, has found that in locations where the days are shorter: ie where the sun sets earlier, people sleep for longer hours and also earn higher salaries.

So, although we might like to think that we are more perky and awake during the summer months, this might not be the case. Because later sunset time reduces worker sleep time and, resultantly, their wages.

The study found that sleeping for just one hour extra a week results in salary increases of 1.5% in the short term and by 4.9% long term (not to be sniffed at).

cat

Sleep like a kitten, earn like a pro

While workaholics may gasp at this information, arguing that if they’re awake for an hour longer then, surely, they can do an hour more of work than the sleepyheads – giving them a head start – study author, Jeffrey Shrader says that, in fact, the reason for this correlation is increased productivity resulting from getting a good night's sleep:

“The biggest effects come through employees who work on commission,” he tells The Guardian.

“If you go to work well rested, you are livelier and happier, and can sell more to increase your earnings.”

Interestingly, the areas in which people are likely to sleep longer – where it gets dark earlier – are also the areas with the most expensive house prices. So before we all start to relocate – it might be better just to invest in a sleep mask or some black-out blinds.

Struggling to sleep? Here are 10 proven ways to sleep like a baby. 

Related

rexfeatures-4021694a.jpg

10 proven ways to get a great night's sleep

sleep-hero.jpg

Infographic shows what your sleeping habits say about you

5988_062080_rt.jpg

Sleeping 9 to 5; why going to bed early could revitalise your career

Sleepspahero.jpg

Five of the best sleep spas

skin hero.jpg

New study reveals shocking impact of getting 6 hours sleep

audrey.JPG

Seven sure-fire ways to guarantee a restful night’s sleep in the heat

More

The deadly secret hidden within that creepy Game of Thrones hug

Spoilers are coming…

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017

Why it’s totally fine if you don’t have a ‘work wife’

Having friends at work is nice – but it’s not the be all and end all

by Moya Crockett
18 Aug 2017

Meteorologist’s epic response to troll who called her “disgusting”

“Enough is enough.”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
18 Aug 2017

Acts of love, humanity and solidarity following the Barcelona attack

In the darkness, there is light.

by Moya Crockett
18 Aug 2017

How you can help those caught up in the Barcelona attack

The ways you can support the victims, survivors and investigation

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017

People are furious about Trump’s response to the Barcelona attack

The world is sick of his double-standard on terrorism

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017

Ryan Phillipe on how he tackles depression

“I’m thinking about how to focus and steady myself”

by Susan Devaney
17 Aug 2017

Are black girls being forced to grow up too fast?

A study has shown that black girls as young as five are seen as more adult than their white peers

by Kemi Alemoru
17 Aug 2017

Teen receives sickening messages after asking for career advice

This businessman's response was shocking

by Sarah Biddlecombe
17 Aug 2017

We want everything from this new high-street Disney collaboration

Seriously magical

by Megan Murray
17 Aug 2017