7-9 Hours of Sleep Reduces Human Errors & Safety Incidents

Sleepiness can make you less effective at work. Sleep deprivation is also linked to increases in preventable human errors, safety incidents, and workplace arguments.

We all have felt physical or mental fatigue, from jet lag to a hard day of work, but many fail to understand the constant fatigue our minds and bodies suffer from poor sleep. Just one night of poor sleep increases the number of errors you make. While one email typo may not be the biggest hassle, a vehicle accident due to slow reaction time and muddled judgment can be deadly. Fatigue due to sleep deprivation has an easy fix – improve your sleep. If you have poor sleep habits (Sleep Hygiene) or think you may have a sleep disorder, SleepCharge can help.

Several studies have shown there is a relationship between sleepiness and workplace safety incidents. The National Sleep Foundation1 reports “Highly sleepy workers are 70 percent more likely to be involved in accidents than non-sleepy workers, and workers with chronic insomnia (difficulty getting to or staying asleep) are far more likely than well-rested individuals to report industrial accidents or injuries”.

High quality sleep is incredibly important to our brain functionality. Our brains are constantly active – one study shows our brains alone consume over 20 percent of all oxygen and glucose2! When we deprive our brains the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night, we are slowing down on a molecular level. Our neurons are not performing well and this leads to inefficient communication, reduced alertness and situational awareness, and poor problem solving.