Longer Work Days Leave Americans Nodding Off On the Job

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Monday, March 3, 2008
    • with their daily activities (21%), and
    • Work injuries, with 19 percent saying that they have injured themselves or had an accident on the job in the past year.

“Similar to diet and exercise, sleep needs to be an integral element of a healthy lifestyle. The impact of not getting good sleep is far reaching and has Americans compromising their productivity, safety, health and relationships – both on the job and at home,” states Drobnich. “NSF encourages everyone to learn some basic information about getting better sleep by taking the NSF Great American Sleep ChallengeTM, Some simple improvements to your sleep environment can help immensely.”

Tips for Healthy Sleep

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected by a chronic seep disorder or intermittent sleep problem, with women suffering from lack of sleep more often than men and with increasing frequency as they age. If you have difficulty with your sleep for any reason, here are some tips that may help you get a better night's sleep:

  1. Try to have a standard relaxing bedtime routine and keep regular sleep times. Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool and quiet and that your pillows, sleep surface and coverings provide you with comfort.
  2. Exercise regularly, but finish your workout at least three hours before bedtime.
  3. Avoid foods and drinks high in caffeine (coffee, colas and tea) for at least eight hours prior to bedtime, and avoid alcohol for a few hours before bedtime. Caffeine and alcohol disturb sleep.
  4. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex; if you do this, you will strengthen the association between bed and sleep. It is best to remove work materials, computers and televisions from the sleep environment.
  5. If you experience trouble sleeping on a regular basis, speak to your healthcare professional.

NSF released the poll findings as part of its 11th annual National Sleep Awareness Week® campaign, held March 3-9th. For more sleep tips, information on sleep disorders and a Summary of Findings for the 2008 Sleep in America poll, visit NSF’s Web site at sleepfoundation.org.


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