- Eating foods high in sugar or carbohydrates
- Smoking cigarettes or using tobacco
- Using alcohol or sleeping pills to help them get to sleep
Poor Sleep Quality Affects Safety Performance In Other Ways As Well. Many workers who sleep less than 6 hours per night report symptoms such as:
- Becoming impatient with others
- Finding it difficult to concentrate
- Making errors in their work
- Having trouble organizing or failing to finish assigned tasks on schedule
Night Shifts Have Been Found to be Particularly Risky Because They Interfere With the Body's Normal 24-Hour Sleep Patterns. Both shift work and long work hours have been associated with health and safety risks.
Keep Your Workers Wide Awake And Safe On the Job By Giving Them the Following Suggestions to improve their sleeping habits.
- Set a regular schedule for going to bed every daythey can't make up for a big deficit on weekends.
- Create an environment that promotes comfortable sleepingquiet, dark, and cool, with a comfortable mattress and pillows.
- Get regular daily exercise, but not right before going to bed.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, or heavy meals close to bedtime.
- Establish a soothing bedtime routine such as soaking in a warm tub, reading, or listening to soft music.
- Don't use bedtime to start planningor worrying.
- Make a point of organizing their lives so they can get the 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night that most people require.
- Recent polls show that during the last 9 years, the number of Americans who sleep less than 6 hours a night jumped from 13 percent to 20 percent.
- Polls also find that more than one-half of adultspotentially 110 million licensed drivershave driven when drowsy at least once in the past year.
- Nearly one-third of drivers polled (28 percent) say that they have nodded off or fallen asleep while driving a vehicle.
- Another study reports that workers on the graveyard shift are likely to make five times the number of serious mistakes and are 20 percent more likely to suffer a serious injury.