So many of us have busy schedules and deadlines to meet that sleep is often the first thing we let go. Yet, all those “late to bed, early to rise” days can have serious consequences.
Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and other occupational errors, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is why “Recharge to be in Charge” is the topic for the second week of National Safety Month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep. It is also estimated that 37 percent of the U.S. workforce is sleep deprived, especially those who work night shifts or change shifts often. However, anyone can experience elevated rates of sleep deprivation and fatigue.
Whether sleep fuels you for work, school, parenting, or a host of other activities, it is essential to daily function and performance. Working against your biological clock can result in reduced concentration, mood swings, irritability, stress, and a weakened immune system. Fatigue can also lead to a host of health problems, such as depression, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The only reliable way to combat fatigue is to:
- Get plenty of sleep (7 – 9 hours every day. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
- Turn out the light immediately when going to bed. Don’t read or watch television in bed.Stay hydrated, especially in hot weather.Avoid caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, especially before bedtime.Never ignore warnings signs of fatigue, such as feeling sleepy or tired, tired or burning eyes, rubbing your neck or face to wake up, and signs of poor judgement.
- Exercise regularly.
- Establish regular eating times.
- Take regular rest breaks when on the job or travelling long distances.
Bottom line — Don’t get sidelined by fatigue. Make it a priority to get more sleep. It could prevent a serious injury; it could even save your life!
Mark Bello has practiced law for 40 years. He is currently the CEO and General Counsel of Lawsuit Financial Corporation, a pro-justice lawsuit funding company, and the author of the legal thriller “Betrayal of Faith” available on major online book store sites.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series. Mark Bello is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.