Fatigue in the workplace can impair employees’ to perform their jobs at the highest level possible. Symptoms of fatigue often include drowsiness, mood changes, loss of energy and appetite, headaches, lack of motivation, lack of concentration, and lack of alertness. Trouble sleeping and constant fatigue can lead to more serious sleeping disorders and carry over negative effects into the workplace. These negative effects can result in decreased productivity and lower morale throughout the office. So, what can we do to get a better night’s sleep?
A few ways to improve your sleep and avoid fatigue include:
- Striving for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Your body needs time to rest and recover and getting in the right amount of sleep is critical towards remaining healthy and rested.
- Keep a regular schedule. Get into a routine and stick with it, doing your best to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day – including weekends.
- Create the right sleep environment. Television, cellphones, laptops, and other electronics before bed make it difficult to go to sleep and can add distractions keeping you up late. Set a comfortable temperature and keep the room with sufficient darkness.
These tips can help create the proper elements towards improving your sleep. It is also important to note that other healthy habits can lead to better sleep and an overall healthier lifestyle. These tips include:
- Eat Healthy. This can help you feel energized throughout the day and create better sleeping habits. Drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated and avoiding eating big meals right before going to bed are also important.
- Regularly exercising can help you feel better throughout the day and help get a good night’s rest, but avoid strenuous exercise close to bedtime as this can increase adrenaline and make it difficult to go to sleep.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee or soda 3-4 hours before bedtime.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol before bed as it can reduce sleep quality.
Good sleep can be the first step towards creating a happier, healthier lifestyle. Well rested employees will create a more productive workforce with good synergy. If you’d like more resources on sleep and fatigue or would like to get started on workplace wellness programs, Contact Us!