Karl? Is that you?
Just kidding. I think you may be over-exaggerating and generalizing all American businesses into this stereotype. First, if you really aren't getting enough sleep because of your job, you can always quit said job. No one is making you stay in that particular job. If you are stuck in a low paying job that makes you work long hours... then don't work there and demand something better. The reason employers pay so little is because the supply is high and demand is low. But if everyone demanded a higher wage instead of settling for working for peanuts, well the minimum wage would increase. Instead, people settle for it. It could be that they aren't really worth much as an employee. If you don't like that, get some education and demand more and realize that if you don't, you will be replaced by robots soon.
Of course the other side of the equation is called "living within your means". My parents didn't make a lot of money growing up but they supported us and even managed to save a little for us to get into college. No we didn't have cable TV, multiple Xboxes or lived in a big house. But what we did was work together and became more than what our situation predicted. We didn't look to the government to bail us out and we didn't blame others... we took responsibility for our own lives. My mother grew up in a barn (literally) and didn't have running water. I can see now how hard work and not settling for being a victim allowed her, and my father too, to rise up out of that situation.
So stop blaming others for exploiting you or whatever and take control over the world around you. This is difference between the rich and the poor. Think and act beyond your situation.
No, your fantasy has absolutely nothing to do with what we’re discussing, thanks. Bye.
The average American worker's lifestyle is bourgeois-cushy compared to the average Japanese salaryman's lifestyle.
Ever hear the term "karoshi"? It's Japanese for "death from overwork".
I've worked in Japan, and yes, it's a real thing there.
That is definitely the case now. But that could change with Apple doing something extraordinary with this new invention, (if it will do half the things they are saying it will do).
Present time, employers push for workers to do more at work. And they care less if you are sleep deprived or completely exhausted because of keeping up with the work they pile on you. Surely they make people think and feel that if they cannot "keep up" or "produce", there is always somebody else that can and might replace you. So most employees have to put up with all the stress.
But if the"iWhatever", has enough sensors that show how worn out you are because of all the stress you suffer because of the "extra hours" or "mental anguish" that should not come with you fulfilling your employment as stated on day of hire. I would think that the record showing that on a "scientifically approved" apparatus, might be enough for an employee to go to a Lawyer and legally have enough grounds for a malpractice suit of some kind.
Those who think that the photo depicts something bizarre should be aware that the sensors are important to diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, a surprisingly common yet unrecognized condition with consequences that can range from mild to life-threatening. Because of the present sensory and analytical regimen, sleep studies such as the one shown are generally conducted overnight in a controlled clinical environment rather than at home in the study subject's own bed. A combination of bluetooth wireless sensors and an iPhone data recording app could have a major impact on both the convenience in obtaining information and in reducing sleep study costs, which typically run into the four figures for a single overnight diagnostic session.
Here are some statistics from the Epidemiology section of the Wikipedia article article on sleep apnea. Forgive the pun, but they're nothing to "sneeze at."
"The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study estimated in 1993 that roughly one in every 15 Americans was affected by at least moderate sleep apnea. It also estimated that in middle-age as many as nine percent of women and 24 percent of men were affected, undiagnosed and untreated.
"The costs of untreated sleep apnea reach further than just health issues. It is estimated that in the U.S. the average untreated sleep apnea patient's annual health care costs $1,336 more than an individual without sleep apnea. This may cause $3.4 billion/year in additional medical costs. Whether medical cost savings occur with treatment of sleep apnea remains to be determined."