Sleep is essential for a healthy body.
It is something we always want more of and it is something many of us find hard to get!
We are sleeping less due to our hectic lifestyles. Studies show that a common distraction from sleep is the internet and more recently, texting. Parenthood, shift work, travel across time zones, illness, poor sleeping habits and some medications are other common sleep-stealers. And when you’re not getting enough sleep you can feel fatigued throughout the day.
Sleep & your health
Did you know?
In Australia, 23% of people say they don’t get enough sleep while one third reported having a sleep disorder.
In a 2007 study, people with insomnia were found to be five times more likely to develop depression compared to those without.
A loss of just 90 minutes of sleep can result in a 32% reduction in daytime alertness.
Cutting the amount of time you sleep from seven hours to five or less a night doubles your risk of death from heart disease.
Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep deprivation prompts your body to release higher levels of insulin after you eat. Insulin controls your blood sugar level and higher insulin levels promote fat storage, plus increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Sleep & injury risk
Sleep deprivation is becoming increasingly common and is now a leading contributor to road accidents and workplace injuries. It not only affects your energy levels, but also your mental and social functioning capacity.
As mentioned previously, a loss of just 90 minutes of sleep can result in a 32% reduction in daytime alertness. How would that impact your safety at work or safety behind the wheel?
Most of us feel fatigued at least some of the time, but this lack of sleep can have a big impact on your body. It is estimated that 20-30% of all fatal crashes on Australian roads are due to fatigue. This is not surprising when you consider that 17 hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.
Are you ready to take action against the impact of sleep deprivation at your workplace? Contact us today.