Sleeping too much can be a very costly thing in a number of ways. I recently read an article online one my favorite news sources that talked in depth about the cost of sleeping too much in terms of dollars. It is not often discussed in that manner and I found it quite intriguing to read their attempt to quantify in dollars and cents what sleeping too much could mean to an individual. More accurately, they inferred the cost of sleeping too much by pointing out what too much sleep might cost a person indirectly since too much sleep can cause a person to be tired. I know it is counter intuitive but excessive sleep is a real problem that leads to many physical as well as emotional and indirectly it may lead to other associated problems.
For instance they talked about the fact that a person might have more accidents. Be it a stumble down the stairs or driving accident they were able to find some statistics especially when it came to over the road truck drivers. They found that in excess of 30% of big truck accidents were caused by fatigue that can also be caused by too much sleep.
Sleeping Too Much May Increase Medical Expenses
This article also tried to correlate the increase in medical expenses as it related to the lack of sleep. I think it is easy to correlate them but I do find that it would be hard to directly relate expenses in this way. Another pitfall of excessive sleep was in the area of bad decisions. This was related to finances directly by attributing some bad financial decisions to an overtired mind.
Following was what I felt the weakest example of all where they claimed that by being tired person would increase their dependents on convenience purchases. Things like additional meals eaten away from home because of tiredness as well as not taking time to maintain things properly.
Sleeping Too Much Means More Coffee
Finally their strongest argument was an increase in the cost of coffee that I don’t think anyone would argue with. We all know that when we’re tired we’ll have that second and third and sometimes even fourth cup of coffee to keep us going and when you add that up over years. Time it turns into quite an additional cost. It is not difficult to imagine, depending on where you buy your coffee, that even one additional cup of coffee a day could add up to over $1000 per year. It’s so easy to spend that extra three or four dollars when you’re tired but when you look at it in light of the accumulated cost it’s much harder to justify.
There is no doubt that too much sleep can have a detrimental effect on one’s life and as this article referred to earlier addresses, sleeping too much can also be translated directly and indirectly into an additional financial expense it regardless of the health consequences.