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People often make light of how little sleep they get; an over-worked, over-tired condition has become the norm for many. But a good night's sleep is not just a novelty, it's a necessity. The effects of fatigue are far-reaching and can have an adverse impact on all areas of our lives.
Our bodies are programmed to be tired at night and alert during the day, but work often requires us to
override those natural sleep patterns. More than 43% of workers are sleep-deprived, and those most at risk work the night shift, long shifts or irregular shifts. Following are a few facts for employers:
We wouldn't allow a friend to drive drunk, but we rarely take the keys away from our tired friends or insist that they take a nap before heading out on the road.
is impaired driving. NSC has gathered research that shows:
Adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but 30% report averaging less than six hours, according to the National Health Interview Survey. Sleep is a vital factor in overall health.
Americans receive little education on the importance of sleep, sleep disorders and the consequences of fatigue, but
industry leaders recently have been drawing attention to this issue. Employers, too, are in an ideal position to educate employees on how to avoid fatigue-related safety incidents.
Change begins with the individual. The National Safety Council supports science-based fatigue risk management systems in the workplace and recently convened a panel of experts to explore fatigue and its effect on occupational safety. We look forward to sharing the results of this discussion.
How much is fatigue costing your workplace? Get a tailored estimate with this tool developed by NSC and Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative.
More than 16% of fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver. More than one in three workers report being fatigued. Watch to learn more.