Study: Better Sleep Could Reduce Work Absences

Staten Island business bank cites promising 28 percent cut in sick-leave costs 


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A newly published study of sickness absences has found that directly attributable costs could drop as much as 28 percent if workers got more sleep.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based commercial bank, views that kind of saving as a major win-win, where employers and employees alike stand to benefit.

The Finnish Social Insurance Institution's study published in this month's medical journal Sleep spans seven years and correlates sick days with sleep patterns.

It looked at insomnia, early awakenings, more daytime tiredness than experienced by same-age peers, sleeping-pills use, excessive daytime sleepiness, probable sleep apnea, and seasonal variations in sleep duration.

Nearly 1,900 working-age women and an equivalent number of men participated. 

Findings showed that the optimal sleep duration with the lowest risk of absence from work was 7.6 hours for women and 7.8 hours for men. 

Those who missed work had sleep problems. Too much sleep, though, isn't good, either.

Fewer than five hours and more than 10 were reasons for missed work days.

The study pointed out that the cost of sickness absence could drop markedly if sleep disturbances could be fully addressed.

And it concluded that there is a need to prevent these disturbances and to promote optimal sleep length in order to curtail sick-time absences.


About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online

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