In the U.S. alone, an estimated 50-70 million adults have some form of sleep disorder. Poor sleep can be caused by a variety of factors ranging from sickness or stress to environmental elements (such as a child disrupting the family’s sleep schedule). While there are many factors that cause a lack of sleep, the effects of poor sleep on the body are generally consistent. Individuals who get less than six hours of sleep on a regular basis are at a greater risk for health problems and are generally more fatigued than those who sleep at least 8 hours daily. The long-term risks of sleep deprivation include the likelihood of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. What’s more, as a person’s mental faculties also deteriorate resulting in an increase in errors and accidents. In fact, fatigued workers are 2.9x more likely to cause an accident.
For these reasons and more, it is vital for individuals to manage their sleep health and to consider being screened for possible sleep disorders. Sleep assessments and screenings can help identify important underlying factors. And once problems are detected, proper treatment for shift work sleep disorders can be administered. Once a person’s sleep health improves, more visible signs of vitality become apparent. For example, individuals who sleep well are noticeably more alert and attentive, resulting in greater efficiency while performing tasks.
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Recognizing the signs of sleep deprivation in workers is crucial. By shining light on the benefits of healthy sleep, and offering effective sleep health education and treatment options, employers are able to effectively reduce healthcare costs associated with sleep deprivation and the daily toll it takes on their associates’ health.
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