Lack of Sleep Affecting Work Productivity
Two new studies, released recently and shared by Reuters, provide a scientific basis for the assumption that lack of sleep can lead to a host of problems related to sleep, such as feeling drowsy behind the wheel or finding it difficult to concentrate while at work.
One of the studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that about a third of adults in 12 states said that they get less than seven hours of sleep each night. Roughly the same percentage of adults also say that they “unintentionally dozed off during the day,” as shared by Reuters.
It is concerning to note that statistics from the study indicated that one in twenty adults have admitted to nodding off while driving. In the United States, drowsy driving has been linked to 1,500 fatalities, as well as 40,000 non-fatal injuries annually.
Lack of sleep, however, can lead to more than just sleep-related issues; researchers said that it has also been linked to such chronic diseases as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is recommended that adults have seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
Anne Wheaton, a researcher for the CDC and lead author for one of the studies, shared: “In addition to eating right and exercise, sleep is also very important, but tends to fall to the bottom of everyone’s priorities.”
The study that she and her colleagues conducted focused on lack of sleep and daily routines; its results indicated that people who had less than seven hours of sleep have difficulty concentrating, remembering things, and performing at work.Tags: lack of sleep. adult sleep, low work efficiency, low work output, no sleep