Health and Safety Tips
When employers decide to investigate health and safety tips in the workplace, it is critical to understand how employees with sleep deprivation can affect profit margins. Recent studies revealed that American employers pay out more than $63 billion annually for health and safety issues relating to insomnia.
According to Ronald C. Kessler, professor, Harvard Medical School, "Americans are not missing work because of insomnia. They are still going to their jobs, but accomplishing less because they are tired."
Health and safety tips to consider are employee incentives, such as napping at work and workplace wellness seminars.
Stress and sleep are interconnected. People are more stressed
without adequate sleep and stress causes sleep issues. Over time, sleep
deprivation tends to result in health issues.
Health and Safety Tips - Napping at Work
Insufficient sleep impacts all life phases. Employees have reported difficulty concentrating and/or suspecting their productivity is less than desirable. By working in concert, employees can take personal steps and employers can make accommodations to encourage employees get sufficient sleep and/or offer napping at work.
Factoring in absenteeism, rising health care costs, on-the-job accidents and workplace harrassment, it's easy to see that unhealthy employees are a drain on the bottom line.
Tips to Help Employees
As a conscientious employer, here are some tips to offer your employees for a better night's sleep:
• Include regular exercise in your day. Exercising immediately before retiring can cause difficulty in sleeping.
• Avoid caffeine. Even early morning java can impede sleep, since caffeine remains present in the body as long as 12-hours. The older you are the longer it takes.
• Ensure your bedroom is conducive to promote sleep.
Don't work on the computer or watch TV. Excepting intimate relations, the bedroom is exclusively for sleeping.
• To relax, play soft music and ensure lights are off.
See more sleep hygiene tips here.
Improved Employees Health and Productivity
More and more forward thinking corporations are encouraging napping at work and experiencing how a small "power nap" can make a big difference in the employee's health and productivity.
This, combined with a program to educate your employees in areas of fatigue management, sleep disorders and ways to get quality sleep is a winning formula for optimal outcomes.
Taking care of employees will result in a better bottom-line!
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