Let’s take a quiz.
Do you work in one of the following industries?
- Manufacturing and production (warehouse work; assembly line; forklift operator)
- Healthcare support (MRI technologist, dental hygienist, occupational therapy assistant, etc.)
- Food preparation and service (server; waiter or waitress; cook)
- Protective service (security guard; night watchmen; surveillance system monitor)
- Healthcare practitioners (doctors, nurses, therapists)
Then you work in one of the most sleep-deprived occupations in the United States.
In a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers surveyed roughly 180,000 adults in more than 25 states about their sleep patterns. Surveys were completed by phone.
The researchers placed study participants into 22 occupation groups. The occupations where shift work is most common were more likely to report not getting enough sleep. More than 39% of participants in the five occupations listed above reported a shortage of sleep.
Which occupations got enough sleep?
Many Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, regardless of their occupation. If you’re reading this article then you probably fall in the category of employees who don’t get enough sleep.
The CDC study showed that more than one third of U.S. workers reported getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. This study is consistent with past studies that showed many Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep on average.
That being said, the following occupations reported the fewest sleep-deprived workers: library services; education; and, farming, fishing, and forestry. If you work in one of these occupations we’d love to hear whether you agree with the study results.
Relationship Between Sleep Shortage and Work Accidents
We’ve all met some people who wear their lack of sleep like it’s a badge of honor. They’re proud of being able to get by with just a few hours of sleep each night. But doing so can be dangerous.
Studies have found that sleep shortage is linked to several negative health outcomes. These include an increased risk of: obesity; depression; cardiovascular disease; and, diabetes. These chronic conditions can wear your body down and make it difficult for you to make a living.
If you’re drowsy or fatigued, then you may make mistakes that hurt you and others. Employees who work in occupations where short sleep duration is more common are likely the most at risk for sleep-related accidents on the job.
What Can You Do to Decrease the Risk of a Sleep-Related Work Accident?
The CDC reports that more than 1 million working days are lost each year due to insufficient sleep. And sleep shortage is responsible for millions of dollars in lost productivity. There are some things you can do to get more sleep and decrease your risk of having a sleep-related work accident.
Here they are:
- Get at least seven hours of sleep each night
- Avoid naps during the day
- Don’t use your bed for anything other than sleep (i.e. don’t watch tv or read in bed)
- Exercise regularly
- Have a quiet bedroom
- Have a comfortable bed
The most important thing you can do is establish a routine that helps you get to bed early.
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