The average person needs between 6 to 8 hours of restful sleep per day to prevent the onset of fatigue. 51% of Australians report they are not getting enough sleep.
Fatigue effects the body in a number of ways. It can also have serious consequences on work safety.
You might be surprised by some of the causes of fatigue. Here are a few that could be impacting on your energy levels or the energy levels and safety of your staff:
- Lack of light and fresh air is a key cause of tiredness.
- Sitting in one position for long periods of time can sap your energy because your body equates the stillness with going to sleep.
- Having a stressful day can cause your heart rate and blood pressure to rise, and your muscles to tighten, leading to fatigue and pain.
How can you beat fatigue?
Nowadays, we are getting less quality sleep and rest due to the fact that work, family responsibilities and active social lives all compete to take priority in our life. Here are some ideas to help stay on top of fatigue:
- Drink plenty of water - a dehydrated body functions less efficiently.
- Eat breakfast - food boosts your metabolism and gives the body energy to burn.
- Develop ways of unwinding after work; take a short stroll or read a book.
- Maintain a regular exercise routine. Be aware that exercise within three hours of going to bed can affect your ability to get to sleep.
Remember, there are a lot of other influences on fatigue and huge consequences if it is not dealt with in the workplace. Poor performance and productivity can be a consequence, but so too can injuries and fatalities. Contact us today to discuss fatigue-fighting solutions for your workplace!