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I used to think that I had insomnia. Some nights I do, but mostly I have Delayed Onset Sleep Syndrome. Either way you slice it, I’m not at my best before noon.
Insomnia is costing the average U.S. worker 11.3 days, or $2,280 in lost productivity every year, according to a study in the September 1 issue of the journal Sleep. As a nation, the total cost is 252.7 days and $63.2 billion. “We were shocked by the enormous impact insomnia has on the average person’s life,” said lead author Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D. “It’s an underappreciated problem. Americans are not missing work because of insomnia. They are still going to their jobs but accomplishing less because they’re tired. In an information-based economy, it’s difficult to find a condition that has a greater effect on productivity.” -Science Daily
Writing Prompt: Create a scene where your character is having difficulty sleeping. What is keeping him or her awake?
Journaling Prompt: How do you cope when you can’t sleep?
Art Prompt: Insomnia
Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about the cost of insomnia to society and in your workplace or family.
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