New Yorkers can still get a free night of sleep at home after all, thanks to a new bill introduced by the New York City Council.
The city council is proposing a bill that would make it easier for people to get a night’s sleep at the office, with a minimum of two hours for a night of no more than four hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Under the proposal, the number of nights free of sleep will be capped at two.
The bill, introduced Tuesday by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, is aimed at helping people with chronic sleep disorders.
It comes just days after a New York Times editorial board called for a ban on commercial bed sharing, saying it was creating a climate in which companies are using bedsharing to reduce health care costs.
The Times editorial was one of the most widely read pieces of the past year.
“The world is changing and the American dream is changing.
So too, with the increasing availability of affordable, convenient, and reliable bedsharing, we need to take a moment to appreciate and celebrate the changes we’re making,” it read.
It’s a sentiment echoed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which says a study released this year found Americans spend more than $5 billion a year on private health insurance premiums, while spending more than 10 times that on public health care.
Mark-Viversito, who also represents Harlem, says the bill is an important step toward helping those with sleep disorders get a good night’s rest at work.
“If we’re going to get people into a position where they can get the support they need, then we have to make sure they have a quality night’s night,” she said.