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When Sleep Disorders Clock In: Insomnia’s Impact on Productivity of Young Adults

Insomnia is a significant risk factor for workplace productivity loss among young adults, reveals Amy C Reynolds, the lead author of a pioneering study published in The Medical Journal of Australia. The research, conducted as part of the Raine Study, a longitudinal birth cohort study in Perth, Western Australia, aims to examine the associations between sleep disorders and workplace productivity losses, emphasizing the importance of early detection and management of these disorders and the potential role of Neurobit's innovative solutions.

Sleep disorders, including insomnia, obstructive sleep apnoea, and restless legs syndrome, are common yet underdiagnosed issues that can significantly impact an individual's quality of life and productivity. In the context of young adults, these disorders can have far-reaching effects on their performance at work, leading to substantial productivity losses. This issue aligns with Neurobit's focus on innovative sleep health solutions, aiming to facilitate early detection and effective management of sleep disorders.

The study involved a prospective observational analysis of young Australian adults, focusing on the impact of clinically significant sleep disorders on workplace productivity. The researchers found that total workplace productivity loss was 40% greater among those with sleep disorders, primarily insomnia, compared to those without. This loss equates to about four weeks of lost productivity per year for young people with clinically significant sleep disorders.

The implications of these findings are profound. They highlight the need for early interventions in the workplace and possibly in primary care and other health care settings for facilitating the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders in younger people to improve workplace productivity. This is where Neurobit's offerings can play a pivotal role.

While the study provides valuable insights, it also highlights the challenges in the broader field of sleep medicine. One of the key challenges is the underdiagnosis of sleep disorders among young adults, which can lead to significant productivity losses. This is where Neurobit's solutions can help overcome these limitations.

Neurobit offers a suite of innovative products that can address these challenges:

  1. Neurobit Score: An AI and deep learning platform for accurate sleep event labeling, which can help in the early detection of sleep disorders.

  2. Z3 Pulse: A wearable ECG device for comprehensive sleep reports and personalized guidance, which can assist in the effective management of sleep disorders.

  3. Neurobit Hub: A platform for collecting and analyzing extensive datasets, promoting the discovery of novel biomarkers and sleep-centric treatment strategies.

Each product contributes uniquely to address the identified challenges, offering a comprehensive solution for sleep health management.

The importance of the study lies in its emphasis on the need for early detection and management of sleep disorders to mitigate their impact on workplace productivity. Neurobit's technology can play a significant role in addressing these related issues, offering benefits for users, clinicians, and researchers.

We invite you to learn more about our technology and how it can help in the early detection and effective management of sleep disorders. For more information, potential collaborations, and to find out more about how our solutions can help accelerate research and provide needed translational solutions, please contact us at:


Reynolds, A. C., Coenen, P., Lechat, B., Straker, L., Zabatiero, J., Maddison, K. J., Adams, R. J., & Eastwood, P. (2023). Insomnia and workplace productivity loss among young working adults: A prospective observational study of clinical sleep disorders in a community cohort. Medical Journal of Australia, mja2.52014.

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