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Stress is the most common reason for poor sleep
A growing number of employers are treating employees that suffer from sleep deprivation in the same way they would someone with an illness, according to RedArc Nurses. All employers should be aware that their employees’ poor quality or quantity of sleep is within their jurisdiction, but can be tackled via both physical and emotional support.
The UK economy lost 200,000 working days a year to sleep deprivation last year, costing £40bn or 1.86% of gross domestic product.
Christine Husbands, managing director for RedArc, said at the extreme end of the scale employees who are lacking in sleep are susceptible to workplace accidents, which can be hazardous for people who operate machinery or drive work. “At the other end of the scale, anyone who is sleep deprived is more prone to make mistakes and poor decision-making, which ultimately can have an impact on the individual’s productivity and performance – as well as that of the employer. This, in turn, can lead on to more serious issues such as work-related stress, anxiety and absenteeism.” Excerpt from Health Insurance Daily, read the full report here.
Sleep or lack of it is one of the most common 21st-century health complaints.
Our 24-hour lifestyle has many benefits, but it also means many of us are working unusual hours and have less time available for sleep. In addition, few of us appreciate just how important sleep is to ensure a healthy life.
Recommendations: There are many different views as to how much sleep we need – six to eight hours is often quoted, but some of us need less; and some more. The simplest answer is that you need enough sleep to feel refreshed in the morning and stay awake and alert throughout the day. Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy. It’s now clear that a solid night’s sleep is essential for a long and healthy life. A variety of factors can cause poor sleep, including health conditions such as sleep apnoea. But in most cases, it’s due to bad sleeping habits
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