We should all get a good night’s sleep each night so that we can function at our top performance level the next day. However, many of us don’t get a full eight hours of sleep each night. In fact, EHS Today reports that 63 percent of workers report sleep deprivation during their work week. A lack of sleep can increase your risk of being injured in a work-related accident. EHS Today lists the following dangers associated with sleep deprivation:
- A decrease in communication that can result in problems with giving and receiving instructions.
- Deterioration in performance, including slower response time and less vigilance.
- Increase in risk of being distracted causing the employee to miss things that may result in an accident.
- Impairments in driving abilities that can lead to an accident.
- An increase in the number of errors made by employees.
- Poor cognitive function and decreased memory.
- Increased risk of poor mood and inappropriate behavior.
- Increased incidents of making risky decisions and participating in risk-taking behaviors.
- Inability to make the necessary adjustments when posed with various scenarios.
- Increased risk of negative consequences when sleep deprivation continues over several nights.
In addition to compromising work ethics, productivity, and quality, a lack of sleep puts the worker and everyone around him in danger of an injury because of a workplace accident.
How Can You Prevent a Workplace Accident Due to Sleep Deprivation?
You cannot control what other workers do, nor can you avoid every workplace accident. However, you can take steps to ensure you are not sleep deprived.
- Know how much sleep you need each night. The Centers for Disease Control has a sleep chart based on age on its website. Teenagers should get between eight and ten hours of sleep per 24-hour period. Adults between the ages of 18 and 60 years need 7 or more hours of sleep each night. Adults over the age of 60 years need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.
- Try to set a sleep routine and stick with it. Your body will become accustomed to the schedule allowing you to fall asleep quicker and achieve a higher quality of sleep.
- Minimize your exposure to electronics close to bedtime. Turn off the cell phone, computer, tablets, and televisions an hour before going to bed.
- Avoid drinking or eating beverages and food that contain alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine in the hours before bedtime.
Call a Miami Workers’ Comp Attorney for Help
If you have been injured at work, our Miami workers’ comp attorneys can help you file a claim or appeal a denial of workers’ comp benefits. Contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. at 1-800-333-3903 to speak with an attorney. We represent individuals in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale & Miami, FL.