Insufficient sleep has an impact on every part of our lives, including at work. Many experts have concluded that getting enough sleep may be as important to health and wellbeing as nutrition and exercise.
The results from the online Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults conducted by The University of Adelaide in 2016 showed:
- 17% of people have missed work because they were sleepy and 17% had also fallen asleep on the job (in the past 4 weeks).
- 29% of adults report making errors at work due to sleepiness or sleep problems (in the past 3 months).
- 14% of men and 21% of women reporting being late because they were too sleepy when they woke up or they have a sleep problem.
- An increased risk of motor vehicle and workplace accidents, as well as decreased workplace performance and productivity.
Here are some measures to reduce the negative impact of insufficient sleep:
- Adopt good sleep habits – Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
- Switch off – Avoid watching t.v. or using a laptop, Ipad, tablet or mobile phone in bed.
- Relax – Try some of our meditation exercises before you sleep.
- Set the scene – Make your bedroom more sleep friendly and comfortable.
- Exercise – Try to exercise every day before or after work or go a walk on your lunch break.
- Spend time in natural light – Light helps your body produce melatonin which promotes sleep.
- Eat well – Eat healthy and nutritious food throughout the day.
- Caffeine – Consume caffeine in moderation during the day.
- Avoid Alcohol – Avoid alcohol especially before bedtime as it is can interrupt your sleep cycle.
- Avoid Cigarettes – Smoking nicotine stimulates the body, if you are a smoker try to cut back as the evening progresses.
- Work/Life balance – Allowing time for leisure activities can help with unwinding from a busy day at work.
- Phone App – Try Sleepio app to build a sleep improvement program.
- Professional help – Go see your GP or speak with an ACCESS Counsellor for support.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this page is to be used as a guide and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Any health concerns related to sleeping difficulties should be discussed with a qualified general practitioner.