How many hours of sleep are you getting each night? The amount of sleep you need varies with age and health, but 7-9 hours is recommended for healthy adults. However, most people do not come close to this many hours, leading to tiredness and fatigue throughout the day.
Sleep is necessary for your body and mind to recover so you can tackle each day at your full potential. Too little sleep puts you at risk for accidents and careless mistakes on the job and at home. This week we will discuss the adverse effects of fatigue and mitigating fatigue in the workplace, as well as identifying and managing it the second it hits.
Monday - Fatigue and Tiredness: What’s the Difference?
When you hear the word fatigue, what do you think of? Tiredness? Sleepiness? Drowsiness? While these can all occur when you feel fatigued, there is a difference. Many times, fatigue can occur from a lack of sleep and too much work. Everyone experiences this, especially after a long day at work or a tough workout. This form of fatigue is typically treatable by adequate and quality sleep.
However, not all forms of fatigue are treatable with sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, fatigue can present itself as “unrelenting exhaustion, a constant state of weariness, and a lack of motivation and concentration” .
If you find yourself experiencing fatigue and lack of energy that is not getting better from rest, speak with your doctor. Many times, prolonged physical fatigue is a sign of an underlying medical condition or dietary issue, and leaving it untreated can make matters worse.
Tuesday – Negative Effects of a Lack of Sleep
Many times, when you think about the effects of a lack of sleep, you probably imagine falling asleep at your desk, going about your day very tired, and trying to alleviate the drowsiness with large quantities of caffeine. What you may not think about are the vehicle or workplace accidents that commonly occur from sleep deprivation.
According to Science Daily, “16% of all fatal car crashes involve drowsy driving caused by a lack of sleep” . As for workplace accidents, the National Sleep Foundations claims that the risk of an accident occurring to an employee on the job increases by 70% if that worker is sleep deprived . These workplace and motor vehicle accidents are mitigated through getting enough sleep to be alert throughout the day, and not starting a risky task while sleep deprived.
Here are some tips from Sleep Education to help you avoid drowsy driving :