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Nearly four out of 10 employees in the U.S. suffer from sleep loss, and when workers are fatigued, they're at a higher risk for injury. About 13% of work injuries are attributable to sleep problems.
employers can help by optimizing schedules, allowing napping and educating employees, ultimately the responsibility for getting enough sleep lies with the individual. Following are some of the ways employees can reduce their risk of fatigue.
Do you sleep more on your days off than work days? If so, you're not sleeping enough on work days. Seven hours is the minimum recommended, but some people need more.
If you're unsure, take the vacation test. While on vacation, allow yourself to sleep as much as you want. After several days, your sleep duration will stabilize. That should be your minimum amount of daily sleep.
Just as important as sleep duration, a sleep schedule also will help keep you on your game during work hours.
To help yourself get more rest and avoid fatigue, practice habits that will help you improve the quality of your sleep.
The more you can get your body used to going to sleep at a certain time, the easier it will be for you to get good sleep consistently:
The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the WGBH Educational Foundation created a world-class, web-based education program on sleep science, sleep health and sleep disorders.