National Safety month is nearing an end and the topic of sleep should not be over-looked. Aside from workplace risk, sleep deprivation causes economic risk for both employee and employer.
About 38 percent of United States workers sleep less than seven hours a night, according to a 2016 study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Different ages require different hours of sleep. Adults (18+ years of age) need 7-9 hours of sleep.
Besides the obvious brain fog and mood swings, lack of sleep may cause:
Weakened immune system.
For a better 7-9 hours of rest:
Include physical activity in your daily routine.
If possible, stick to a sleep schedule.
Jot down your worries or concerns and set aside for tomorrow.
Limit nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, heavy food and large meals.
Nearly everyone has an occasional sleepless night. If you often have trouble sleeping or feel exhausted, contact your doctor.