Unemployment Disrupts Sleep
David Blanchflower () and
Alex Bryson ()
No 20-13, DoQSS Working Papers from Quantitative Social Science - UCL Social Research Institute, University College London
Although there is a substantial literature indicating that unemployment and joblessness have profound adverse impacts on individualsâ€™ health and wellbeing, there is relatively little evidence of their impact on sleep. Using data for over 3.5 million individuals in the United States over the period 2006-2019 from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey series we show sleep disruption patterns that vary by labor market status. We look at sleep measured by hours in a day and days in a month and whether sleep is disturbed over a fortnight, as indicated by problems falling or staying asleep or staying asleep too much. We find the short-term unemployed suffer more short and long sleep than the employed and are more likely to suffer from disturbed sleep. These problems are greater still for the long-term unemployed and for the jobless who say they are unable to work.
Keywords: sleep; short sleep; long sleep, disturbed sleep; unemployment; unable to work; joblessness; COVID-19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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