Adequate Sleep Benefits Workers and Employers

We all need it, even crave it, but many of us find it difficult to get the
recommended amount for our health: it is sleep. Healthy People 2020, which
outlines the national health goals for the next decade, recommends that adults
get 7 or more hours of sleep each day. After reviewing the evidence, the
American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Sleep Research Society, the National
Sleep Foundation, and the American Thoracic Society all conclude most adults
need 7-9 hours of sleep each day for optimum health. For some people, however,
long hours or shift work-working during nighttime hours-make getting adequate
sleep regularly difficult. As part of its long-standing commitment to reducing
potential health and safety risks associated with demanding work hours, NIOSH
studies the factors that contribute to inadequate sleep among workers and how
to address them in the context of work schedules.

By organizing work schedules to allow workers enough time for adequate sleep,
both employers and workers benefit, according to a recent NIOSH literature
review published in the Journal of Women's Health. Numerous scientific studies
link adequate sleep to mental health, weight control, safety, and a stronger
immune system. NIOSH develops training and other materials for workers and
employers in various industries to reduce the risks from inadequate sleep.
These materials include a comprehensive online course for nurses, who often
must work shift hours, and training for emergency responders on reducing risks
associated with long work hours.

More information - Source: Centre for Occupational Health and Safety