Sleep-deprived employees more likely to suffer injuries

Employees who don’t get enough sleep are at an increased risk for injury and illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently analyzed data from a National Health Interview Survey and found 30 percent of U.S. civilian workers (approximately 40.6 million people) get six or less hours of sleep per day. The National Sleep Foundation says healthy adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep per day to be fully functional.

Other statistics from the report:

  • Inadequate sleep rates were highest among manufacturing workers;
  • Night-shift workers had much higher rates of short sleep duration than day-shift workers;
  • 70 percent of night-shift workers in transportation and warehousing are sleep deprived and 52 percent of night-shift workers in healthcare and social assistance are sleep deprived; and
  • 37 percent of workers with two jobs are sleep deprived

Studies show sleep-deprived employees are more likely to have accidents and suffer injuries and fatalities, experience work absence and lost productivity, and have co-morbid conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cardio-vascular disease. Experts recommend targeted interventions such as evidence-based shift systems designed to improve sleep opportunities and integrating sleep-related training for managers and employees into overall health and safety programs.
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