Exhaustion is one of the most common health complaints for Canadian workers and can be a massive hazard when it comes to workplace safety.
Depending on the work at hand sleep plays a varying degree of importance in your function as a worker. If you spend your days driving public transport, as a pilot or operating heavy machinery sleep can mean the difference between life and death for you and those in your care. In a very different way poor sleep can affect the productivity of people in any work environment. And even slightly further removed is the way too little sleep can change your mood and therefore be consequential in all areas of peer to peer and customer relations. Sleep deprivation can also lead to poor decisions and will significantly decrease our memory. As if that isn’t enough when were tired our motor skills are less controlled and our reflexes are slower. Sleep of working people is fundamental to the success of any business and should be considered a high priority for anyone interested in the safety of those around them.
How much sleep do you need?
The amount of sleep necesarry varies largely from person to person but based on the ranges its safe you say you should probably aim for 8 hours a night. 60% of Canadians report that they are tired all the time and get between 6 and 7 hours per night. If you’re 2 hours short everynight that can escalate the effects over time.
Here are some numbers to show your boss if it ever comes up casually. A new study shows that lack of sleep among workers is costing the economy up to $21.4 (US) Billion anually. Loss of productivity and higher risk of mortality make sleep loss a very expensive issue. RAND Europe’s report has encouraged companies to provide spaces to be used for daytime naps and discourages the extended use of electronic devices after working hours. So if your boss won’t be swayed at least you feel better about taking that cat nap after work.
Getting enough sleep is in all of our best interests
Getting only 2 hours less sleep a night can put you at a 13% higher risk of mortality than someone getting the recommended 7-9 hours. I think we can all agree a little more sleep would be good for everyone.