In today's society of long work hours, high pressure jobs and busy family lives, many workers view sleep as a luxury and it is one of the first things to fall by the wayside when they are pressed for time.
By overlooking the short and long-term health consequences of insufficient sleep, workers will find their productivity levels steadily decrease and this in turn affects both their work and home life.
In the short term, a lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury.
In the long term the lack of sleep has been linked to many health problems and is considered an important risk factor for diseases such as obesity, diabetes and even cardiovascular disease.
Early work by scientists suggests that sleep deprivation may even decrease the ability to resist infection such as the common cold (one of the most frequent reasons for staff absenteeism, increased health care costs and once again, decreased productivity).
Most experts have concluded that getting enough high-quality sleep may be as important to health and well-being as nutrition and exercise.
Stress, shift work and family related sleep disturbances are just some of many factors that can interfere with sufficient sleep, but there are ways to mitigate their effects.
Here are some scientifically proven ways to help fall asleep and more importantly stay asleep:
If sleep difficulties still persist it may be wise to seek professional advice and consult a health practitioner.
Poor sleep will result in poor performance and poor health. Sleep experts say there is ample evidence that shows that when workers get the sleep they need, they will not only feel better, but will also increase their odds of living healthier, stress free, more productive working lives.
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