Losing sleep: If you lose one hour's sleep every night for...

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January 25, 1998

Losing sleep: If you lose one hour's sleep every night for a

week, it's the equivalent of pulling an all-nighter, says James Maas, a Cornell University psychology professor and sleep researcher, who also says people who sleep one hour longer a night find their alertness boosted by 25 percent. More than half of shift workers fall asleep on the job at least once a week, and employers report they lose $70 billion in productivity, accidents and health costs.

Start saving: The beginning of the year is a good time to begin financial planning, and Joyce Hall, director of financial aid at Purdue University, advises parents that they should start planning early for college tuition, even as soon as a child is born. Purdue calculates that $100 put each month in an account paying 10 percent over 15 years will return more than $41,000. Of course, many parents have children about to enter college and are wondering how to meet expenses. The university notes that new tax laws enacted last year have some advantages for students and their families, and it suggests parents consult tax advisers.

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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