It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. Sleep deprivation is a problem in America — at a cost to employees and employers. Here are the facts:
The good news is there are helpful, time-tested tips for employers and employees.
Tips for employers
- Evaluate and reconsider workloads, hours, understaffing and worker absences — scheduled and unscheduled.
- Set work schedules to permit rest breaks and nighttime sleep.
- Adjust the lighting, temperature and worksite surroundings to keep your workers alert.
- Educate and train your employees on sleep deprivation, effects on wellness and the workplace, tips for better sleep (see below), and the benefits of diet and exercise.
- Develop worksite wellness program that improves population health and reduces health risks.
- Consider a fatigue risk management plan for your organization (see Resources).
Tips for employees
- Get seven to nine hours of sleep every day.
- Follow a sleep routine. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Eliminate unnecessary light.
- Don’t eat right before bed.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and stimulants.
- Don’t watch TV or use electronic devices at bedtime.
Additional workplace resources and educational content are available from OSHA
, the National Safety Council
and the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project
. And contact us at Safety On Call at email@example.com
or 303.361-4700 or 888-501-4752. Our Safety Services team is here to answer questions, provide materials and help your organization maintain a well-rested workforce for a safer, healthier and more productive workplace.