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Fatigue

National Safety Month 2019: Week 3

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We’ve all heard that adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep a day. Missing out on good sleep can negatively affect your productivity, cognitive performance, vigilance, accuracy and judgment. Further, chronic sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues, including depression, obesity and heart disease, among others.

Also: Lack of good sleep can affect your driving ability. “Driving while fatigued can be similar to driving under the influence of alcohol. Driving on four to five hours of sleep means you are four times more likely to crash,” according to the National Safety Council.

Tips to combat fatigue

Make sure your sleep is A.C.E.S. by following these tips:
Alcohol: Alcohol can interrupt your body’s circadian rhythm, resulting in poor-quality sleep. It may also make you more likely to snore or experience sleep apnea. Avoid it before bedtime.
Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant, so it’s best to stop drinking it as early as six hours before going to sleep.
Environmental: Keep your bedroom cool and dark for ideal sleeping conditions.
Screens: Turn off TVs, phones, tablets and other electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. These devices can prevent your body from producing melatonin, the hormone that helps people fall asleep.

Safe at Work Pledge

The National Safety Council is asking Americans to take part in its Safe at Work Pledge. According to NSC, preventable workplace deaths have increased nearly 18% since 2009, outpacing the number of hours worked by around 6%.

Mark P. Vergnano, chairman of the NSC Board of Directors and president and CEO of The Chemours Co., made the request in an April 18 press release acknowledging Workers' Memorial Day, which took place April 28.

“Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to not only remember those who lost their lives on the job, but also recommit to protecting workers from death and injury,” Vergnano said in the release. “Drawing national attention to this issue helps focus all stakeholders on significant ways that we can improve employee safety. Let’s honor those lost by doing more to protect the workers of tomorrow.”

Take the pledge at nsc.org/safeatworkpledge.