According to a new paper, newly unemployed workers are much more likely to suffer from poor sleep.
To see how employment status affects sleeping habits, researchers at University College London and Dartmouth College analyzed data on 2.5m Americans, collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 2006 and 2019. Participants were asked how many hours they slept on average, and how often their sleep was disturbed.
The researchers found that, although unemployed people got a little more sleep overall (about six minutes per day), this average masks wide variations. More of the jobless suffer from either too little or too much sleep (which have similar consequences).