Lack of sleep takes its toll on those who suffer from insomnia or sleep apnea regularly, but many people do not realize that sleep deprivation also takes a huge toll on the workplace. Some people have an occasional night without a good night’s sleep but those who repeatedly lose sleep or have a very restless sleep often have problems with work the next day.
Sleep deprivation is often the cause of a loss of productivity in the workplace with people losing concentration, falling asleep at their work stations along with tardiness and absenteeism. This in turn costs companies millions of dollars every year because employees are not getting a good night’s sleep. Lack of production is one problem, but the costs for those that are absent altogether cost companies even more money.
Causes of Sleep Deprivation
Whether you get a good night’s sleep or not depends on many factors – some of which you can control – and many that you cannot. Stress is a major reason for a lack of sleep. Travel is another reason because often you are in different time zones and cannot adjust your “body clock” to keep the cycles synchronized. Other factors that can cause sleep deprivation include medications that might keep you awake or your health – if you have some problem that keeps you from getting a good night’s rest.
Other factors that are controllable are your weight, smoking and intake of alcohol. If you are overweight, you often have difficulties sleeping because you cannot get comfortable or your air passages become blocked and cause sleep apnea or other disorders. Eating late at night – especially a heavy dinner – can cause you to stay awake due to indigestion. Over-exercising at night or drinking and smoking are also factors that contribute to sleeplessness.
What Can You Do to Sleep Better?
There are many over the counter sleep aids, some of which are fairly effective, but relying on them for long periods of time is not a good idea. Neither is drinking too much alcohol as that can cause other health issues as well. Some simple remedies are to keep the lights down low. It is much easier to sleep in a darker room that is cool rather than in a room that is well lit and too warm. Have regular sleep habits – go to sleep at the same time and get up at the same time. This will keep your internal clock in the right sleep / wake cycle so that you will have a good night’s sleep.