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Americans often don't recognize the importance of sleep. NSC is a leader in working to change the culture with research, education and outreach programs related to sleep health in the workplace.
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. NSC supports science-based fatigue risk management systems in the workplace.
Change begins with the individual.
Reports examine causes and consequences of worker fatigue, and risky employer practices.
Infographics, fact sheets, posters and more to help draw attention to risks of fatigue.
Calculate your costs with this tool developed by NSC and Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative.
Half of employers report seeing employees fall asleep on the job. How does this affect safety?
More than 16% of fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver. More than one in three workers report being fatigued. Watch to learn more.