Why Is It Important to Sleep More

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Individuals openly state their intent to change within the next 6 months and are more aware of the benefits of changing, but remain aware of the costs.

Our Goal: To encourage and motivate you to make specific plans.

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Sleep Deprivation

  • Not getting enough sleep can make you feel out of sorts and unfocused.
  • It can even make you feel out of sync with situations and people around you, whether it be family, friends, or coworkers.
  • It can make it hard to concentrate and can negatively impact your work performance.

How Sleep Loss Affects You

    • Increased risk for depression
    • More likelihood of work errors, impaired concentration, slowed reaction time and poorer work performance
    • Impatience
    • Being cranky or irritable
    • Higher incidence of workplace accidents, traffic accidents and microsleeps
      • Microsleeps: Fleeting, uncontrollable episodes of sleep occurring when one is awake.

Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

  • Decreased Performance and Alertness
    • Reducing your nighttime sleep by as little as one and a half hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32%.
  • Occupational Injury
    • Contributes to a greater than twofold higher risk of sustaining an occupational injury.
  • Automobile Injury
    • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that each year drowsy driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities.

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