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The link between sleep deprivation and workplace accidents

The cost of losing sleep at night can play out in dangerous ways at work. Not getting enough sleep and/or quality sleep has proven effects on physical and mental functioning. When this becomes a habit, the likelihood for mistakes and injury significantly increases.

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation also dramatically raises the chances of accident-related deaths. It is hard to argue against the data and personal experiences when comparing a day at work with good sleep versus a day at work with bad sleep.

Mental impairment

Your mind was unable to fully recover from the mental stress and processing it has carried over from the other day and thereafter. The accumulation of poor sleeping habits creates slower reaction-time and the inability to make sound judgements. It is as if you are drunk on the job which is clearly a hazard to yourself and those around you.

Chronic insomnia

Chronic insomnia is the habitual difficulty of falling asleep and staying asleep for a good amount of time each night. Stress and anxiety is the leading cause for insomnia. If you are struggling with chronic insomnia, consider how you can re-organize your life, finances, relationships and past-times to manage your stress in healthy ways. Managing stress through quality exercise and nutrition is a good foundation to start.

Accidents and deaths are often preventable. When you start making good sleep a priority, you will likely see the difference in your work quality and in every other area. When you are feeling recharged and mentally alert you will have faster reaction to anything going awry around you at work. It is a win-win situation for everyone when good sleep becomes a habit.

Drowsiness is by far one of the most preventable ways you can protect yourself from injury. It is in the best interest of yourself and those around you to take care of your health through getting quality sleep. The risk of making mistakes could lead to a serious problem with even fatal damages.

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