Am I sleeping enough? Have I slept enough? Will I get enough sleep tonight?
Today’s fast-paced and hyper-connected workplace creates enormous potential for productivity. Employees can now do more in less time more than ever. If you have been around long enough to remember the time before computers, when we had to work with paper, pen, and the telephone, can you recall what your workday was like? Productivity may be one of the most important ways the American economy can grow in the next couple decades, and one of the keys to productivity has not changed since time immemorial: you work better when you get enough sleep.
Have you ever asked yourself, am I sleeping enough? Have I slept enough? Will I get enough sleep tonight? About 40% of Americans sleep the recommended amount a night. There is a positive correlation between hours slept a night and productivity in the daytime. Children and people 65 and older sleep the most, while the rest of the population sleeps proportionately less. Young adults tend to sleep six hours or less the most while men tend to sleep more than women. Employed people sleep slightly less hours than not employed people, and people with higher incomes tend to sleep more than people with lower incomes.
Here’s the easy conclusion to draw: the better you manage your sleep, the more productive you can be in the office in the morning. Lack of sleep affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the area that influences innovation, self-control, and creativity. People tend to need different amounts of sleep (we are all different physiologically, of course). Learning what sleeping patterns are optimal for you, your body, and your brain is key to creating sleeping habits and maximizing your neural productivity.
Having enough sleep is important in keeping you safe in the workplace and on the road. It is easier to stay mindful of good working habits (for office workers, keeping our posture correct to avoid wear & tear) when you are feeling rested and alert. Likewise, remembering good driving practices, like the three-second rule, is easier when your mind has gotten the rest it needs.
Workplace safety and productivity is a holistic process, after all. By committing to staying healthy, a company can create a culture that reduces injury and increases productivity. Golden Benchmark recommends making healthy sleep a cornerstone of any company wellness policy.
If you are looking to reduce your workers compensation insurance cost, your incidence of claims, or your experience modification factor, then contact Golden Benchmark Insurance Services to suggest the best line of action at (510) 818 – 9877 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to talk health and wellness with you!
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