Your job depends on a good night’s rest! And while proper sleep is an essential element of your overall wellbeing, sleep disorders like sleep apnea are becoming a big burden on the workforce.
Nearly 25% of all Americans over the age of 20 have reported having issues concentrating. And roughly 18% have reported memory recall problems because of a lack of sleep or a sleep disorder.
Just one hour of lost sleep can result in a noticeably decreased ability to perform at your best. This situation causes an impact on your work and inevitably resulting in a loss of productivity.
While not being able to be fresh and clear throughout the workday is a clear effect of sleep apnea affecting the workplace, a lack of sleep can cause damage to your business in a number of other ways as well.
Increase in Sick Days
Harvard University conducted a recent study that included interviews with more than 7,000 people. The study found a lack of sleep results in a loss of 11 work days every year.
On a national scale, this leads to a total loss of $63.2 billion dollars annually.
And while this loss time can include those days where you or your employees sleep in and miss the alarm clock, it also includes illnesses and ailments that are more likely to occur when your sleep quality is poor, like colds, viruses or migraines.
Increase in Moods
Have you ever woken up on the “wrong side of the bed” and were in a funk throughout the day? Chances are, it’s because of a lack of sleep.
Nearly 40% of employees who suffer from a lack of sleep report feeling “grumpy” at the office. Conversely, a good night’s rest can lead to a happier team, and a happier office, as moods simply spread at the workplace.
Increase in Mistakes
Blame it on a lack of focus, concentration or just the inability to feel clear headed, but a bad night’s sleep results in roughly 30% more mistakes at the office – whether you notice it or not.
It can be as simple as a few typos, or as large as forgetting a huge deadline, (memory recall is affected as well, after all), which results in more work and more stress for everyone attached to a task or project.
Increase in Procrastinating
Nearly 50% of employees who suffer from a lack of sleep or a sleeping disorder report that they procrastinate more on the job.
Obviously, this, in turn, creates more work across the board, a scramble to get things done, and a sense that you need to “catch up” rather than “initiate.”
To do your best, you need to be ahead of the game, and it starts with a good night’s rest.
Increase in Workplace Safety Hazard Incidents
A lack of sleep is one of the number one causes of safety hazards at the workplace.
It’s why most accidents at larger companies occur during night shifts, or by employees that have changing work shifts that can occur at all hours of the day or night.
In fact, night shift workers are five times more likely to have a car accident on the way to work – let alone while on the job.
Accidents at the workplace can lead to a number of headaches for employees and company owners alike and are essentially one of the most costly side effects of a workforce that isn’t well rested.
We Can Help!
Clearly, a sleep disorder can trickle into every aspect of your business, but the good news is there’s a lot you can do on a personal level, as well as company-wide.
Several big companies, like Google and Goldman Sachs, have even brought in “sleep experts” to distribute information and make employees aware of potential sleep disorders, and how to address them.
On an individual scale, the first step is to get screened and seek treatment. Sleep apnea and other sleep issues don’t have to be a common occurrence that you need to suffer through.
Our team of professional sleep specialists are on hand to ensure that your job performance is the best it can be!