April 15, 2019 | Net Health

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Sleep deprivation causing problems at work?

“Just one more episode, I promise!”

“It’s the 4th quarter, I can’t miss this game, no matter what!”

“I can’t sleep, my head is going a mile-a-minute!”

How many times have we stayed up far past our bedtimes to finish a really good movie, watch the final quarter of a crucial football game or simply spent the entire night tossing and turning, unable to sleep? Probably more times than we have fingers on our hands to count, right?  But just like a credit card, we will always have to pay later for what we asked for today.

Much to our displeasure, that alarm is going to go off the next morning, screaming at us to WAKE UP. Whether you stayed up all night watching the game or (responsibly) went to bed at a decent hour but just couldn’t catch the right amount of Zs, it doesn’t matter — IT’S TIME TO GO TO WORK! So now you’re faced with exhaustion and a full day work, two ingredients that will make for a long, tiring day.

How can you face the hustle-and-bustle of your workday when you’re sleep deprived?

Imagine it: John is half asleep while working the forklift, hauling metric-tons worth of materials on the docks or due to Becky’s sleep depravity, her decision making at the hospital is seriously compromised.  Although both work environments are completely different, they do still share a commonality of one’s need to maintain alertness and focus in a high-paced and demanding setting. Even the slightest of slip-ups can result in a domino effect of disruption in the workplace — loss of productivity and trust, injuries and possibly much worse.        

You’re not alone if you’re dealing with sleep depravity in the workplace.  Productivity, focus, and you and your co-workers’ safety are all at-risk when proper sleep isn’t obtained the night before.  According to Harvard Research study, for the average worker, insomnia leads to the loss of 11.3 days worth of productivity and nationally, insomnia may be responsible for an estimated loss in productivity, totaling 63.2 billion dollars!  Companies are starting to take notice of this issue and are working to address the dangers of sleep depravity.

Forbes has a great article about how sleep deprivation can affect your day in the office and offers a few tips on how to get a better-quality night’s rest.

Now go have a good night’s sleep, yeah?

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