The Economics of Sleep, Part 1 (Rebroadcast)

Season 6, Episode 16 On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio: poor sleep can impair our cognitive function; sleep loss has been linked to adverse physical outcomes like weight gain and, increasingly, more serious maladies; and the Centers for Disease Control recently declared insufficient sleep a “public-health epidemic.” So are we treating the problem as […]

The Economics of Sleep, Part 1 (Rebroadcast)

Could a lack of sleep help explain why some people get much sicker than others?

The Economics of Sleep, Part 1: A New Freakonomics Radio Episode

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called "The Economics of Sleep, Part 1" (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

It's well-established that a lack of sleep can impair our cognitive function. Sleep loss has also been linked to adverse physical outcomes like weight gain and, increasingly, more serious maladies. Is it possible that lack of sleep can even explain the income gap?