In addition to affecting sleep, well being and productivity of an individual, according to a recent study, taking a few too many bathroom visits at night also can negatively impact the GDP of a country.
According to the researchers at the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, waking up more than twice a night can have a detrimental effect on a person’s wellbeing and productivity at work, that successively has a control on a country’s GDP. The researchers found that these frequent treks to the bathroom cost U.S.A. economy USD 44.4 billion a year.
People who wake up at least twice a night to go to the toilet because of nocturia, a health condition that affects the lower urinary tract, are additional probably to be absent from work due to illness or be less productive at work, as the discontinuous night’s sleep affects their ability to perform throughout the day. The findings of the study counsel that an individual stricken by nocturia loses on the average a minimum of seven additional working days a year due to absence and presenteeism (being in suboptimal health whereas at work) than an individual who doesn’t have nocturia.
The number of individuals within the U.S.A. personnel calculable to suffer from nocturia is 27.5 million, 12.5 percent of the overall working population. In the five different countries enclosed within the economic analysis of the report – the united kingdom, Germany, Spain, Japan and Australia – further 53.6 million individuals may have nocturia, starting from 13 percent to 17 percent of the population of each country.
The economic losses (in GDP terms) associated with nocturia are estimated to be about $13.7 billion in Japan, followed by Germany at $8.4 billion, the UK at $5.9 billion, and Spain and Australia each at about $3 billion.
People suffering by nocturia reported lower life satisfaction and work engagement, according to data collected through two massives, joined employer-employee surveys. On average, an individual with nocturia includes a 2 per cent lower life satisfaction compared to an individual not suffering by nocturia. This association is analogous to if the individual suffered from different serious health conditions like hypertension, cardiovascular disease or asthma.
A variety of demographic, lifestyle and health factors are associated with nocturia and that they disagree by age and gender. The study found that chronic health conditions like kidney disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and hypertension could all play a role.