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E-Quipped to...Seize a Siesta!
This newsletter refers to "Insomnia", a comprehensive article found on my website.
May is “Better Sleep Month” and it’s a good time for a wake- up call…
The statement, “A lack of sleep never killed anyone.” is plain wrong! Fatigue does kill!
At the end of an active period of wakefulness, we become fatigued and the longer we are awake the more fatigued we become. The performance of someone who has been awake for 24 hours is equivalent to that associated with a blood alcohol level 25% more than the current drunk driving limits which makes them seven times more likely to have an accident! (See: Level 2 of Alcohol Impairment)
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What are the Effects of Fatigue?
The main effects of fatigue on people at work are psychological with the most potentially damaging effects being inattention. Fatigued people often fail to acknowledge that their own performance and that of others is getting worse. And, of course, as the accident records show, the mental effects of fatigue on the individual readily translate into catastrophic physical events, affecting individuals, businesses and the environment.
Research in the maritime industry shows that people getting less than 6 hours sleep per day over 14 consecutive days suffer measurable performance deficit. (No scientific data exists on how much worse it gets beyond 14 days) and that the probability of an incident is twice as great in a 12-hour shift as in an 8-hour shift.
The list of negative effects from fatigue is long… for more information, please read my article “Insomnia”.
What’s the Solution?
There is only one solution for lack of sleep… SLEEP!
Human beings require on average 7-8 hours of sleep per 24-hour period. (For more information on how much sleep we need, please read my article “Insomnia”)
If the working environment does not permit us enough hours for adequate sleep, fatigue can be managed to some extent by diet, physical environment and napping. Naps can reduce the rate of incidents by up to 50%.
How do I get the Most From Napping?
For more information about Insomnia please read my article, “Insomnia”.
So next time you are feeling tired, don’t try to push on and get “it done” – it might lead to mistakes, accidents or a poor outcome. Rather seize a siesta and come back refreshed, focussed and more able to tackle the task at hand successfully.
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Thanks to Jane, Heather, Sifiso, Gordon and Michael for the feedback after last month's newsletter.
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