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Safety Topic - Sleep and Work
3/8/2017 2:57:57 PM

Daylight Saving Time is kicking in this weekend on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Our clocks in Texas will spring forward an hour and we will lose an hour of sleep. Daylight Savings is a good time to evaluate how much rest you are getting and how that may be affecting your work. In this high-paced world, many people are trying to function and be effective with fewer hours of sleep. While small, short-term gains may seem positive, the safety concerns and overall productivity is not worth it.

There are various articles in popular business and success magazines that refer to how much sleep successful business people and entrepreneurs get each night. The amount various drastically though there are many successful people who get fewer than 7-8 hours a night, the generally agreed amount of sleep for a healthy lifestyle. It is important to evaluate how much sleep you need to work your best and stick to that amount on a regular basis.

Employees who work long hours and are in "safety-sensitive” jobs should be aware of how fatigue can affect them and prioritize rest. Webmd.com offers these "4 On-the-Job Tips” to feel more awake at work:

1. Get some bright light. Indoor light is OK, but bright natural light has a stronger alerting effect, Drummond says. For the best results, take a walk outside. "The combination of exercise, standing, and exposure to bright light all help," he says. Avoid wearing sunglasses.

2. Schedule important meetings for when you're most alert. That way you can avoid having to make very important decisions, say, during your afternoon slump.

3. Drink caffeinated coffee, tea, or soda in moderation. This strategy is best early in the day, because caffeine can affect sleep 8 to 10 hours after you have it. Don't overdo it. "There's no substitute for sleep," Balkin says. And keep in mind that you might be taking in more caffeine than you think -- it's found in other items like chocolate and some pain relievers, too.

4. Take a nap. If you can work in a nap on a break, it might refresh you. "A 'power nap' can restore alertness," Drummond says. Avoid napping if you have insomnia, though, because you may have more difficulty falling or staying asleep. Some experts say that your nap should be short and taken before 5 p.m.

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Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/tired-at-work#1

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