Wednesday, January 14, 2009


In today’s workplace 63% of workers are sleep-deprived. Fatigue related accidents cost U.S. industry at least $150 billion a year according to a Cornell University study. A 2003 report by Circadian Technologies, Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in the studies of extended work hours, states that a 10% increase in overtime in manufacturing firms represents a 2.4% decrease in productivity. They also found that in white collar jobs a 25% decrease in productivity occurs when workers put in 60 or more hours a week for prolonged periods of time.

At the same time 45% of adults say they would sleep less so they could accomplish more.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale asks the likelihood of dozing off if you are engaged in activities such as sitting and reading, watching television, sitting inactive in a public place like a theatre, sitting and talking with someone, riding in a car as a passenger, sitting at a stoplight or resting after a meal. If you answered Yes to any of these activities you might want to consider that you are sleep deprived.

I know; I know. You lead an active life with a family and responsibilities, and a lot is going on at work. But if you’re getting so little sleep that you can’t function at as high a level as you would like, you have two choices: do something about it or put up with a lower level of production.

And, yes, I know people who pride themselves on getting by on 4 hours of sleep a night. But you aren’t them, now, are you?

More sleep can make you more productive.

Think of it this way: why have a Perfect Workday if you're too tired to enjoy it?

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