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NSC Reminds Americans to Get Extra Sleep

Nov. 4, 2019
November 3 starts Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.

The National Safety Council (NSC) is urging employers to address fatigue in the workplace.

Nearly every working American (97%) has at least one risk factor for fatigue, such as sleep loss or working long hours, and fatigue costs the U.S. economy more than $400 billion annually, according to the organization.

Just as Daylight Savings time ends, the results also indicate that only 43% of Americans believe they "frequently" get enough sleep. A probability-based survey found 70% of Americans are concerned that their sleep habits impact their physical health, and 67% are worried about the effects on their mental wellbeing. 

November 3 also marks the start of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. Losing just two hours of sleep from a normal eight-hour sleep schedule can have the same effect as drinking three beers.

Tips for getting enough sleep include:

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and screens (TV, smart phones and tablets) before bedtime
  • Use blackout curtains and turn down the temperature in your bedroom to create an ideal sleep environment
  • Go to bed at the same time each night

To address fatigue in the workplace, the NSC encourages employers to assess their organization’s unique risks by using the NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator, which provides custom reports on the benefits and losses of a tired workforce.

In addition, employers should implement a sleep health program at work using the Fatigue at Work Employer Toolkit, which includes sample policies, implementation guidance, 5-minute safety talks, research and educational materials for employees.

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Dave Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief: During his career Dave has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Adrienne Selko, Senior Editor: In addition to her roles with EHS Today and the Safety Leadership Conference, Adrienne is also a senior editor at IndustryWeek and has written about many topics, with her current focus on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics. Previously she was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list.

Nicole Stempak, Managing Editor:  Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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