Sleep loss is costly to society in general and businesses in particular. Sleep disorders cost taxpayers 15.8 billion a year in direct costs. Insufficient/disrupted sleep has been associated with many physiological and psychological outcomes relevant to the workplace
· including poor memory
· health complaints,
As a society we tend to underestimate the importance of sleep, sacrificing sleep to work or play, and this is facilitated by such conveniences as 24-hour shopping. The dangers of sleepiness are exacerbated by the fact that we can get so accustomed to being sleepy, we no longer recognize that we are sleepy. And even when we are aware of being sleepy, we are not accurate at perceiving the extent to which our abilities such as judgment, problem solving, reaction times, are impaired by sleepiness.
The effect of sleep
Not everyone is equally vulnerable to the effects of lost sleep. Some are able to withstand sleep loss with no Sleep also appears to play an important role in learning. A review by Curcio et al. (2006) found that sleep loss produces deficits in both procedural (“how to”) and declarative (factual) learning. Current theories suggest that sleep allows for the consolidation of new memories which mean integration and storage of a new memory in a stable form. New material, therefore, is best learned when learning is followed by a period of sleep, whether for a night or even a nap (Mednick, Nakayama, & Stickgold, 2003). Sleep loss can impair the ability to make good judgments; when combined with poor attention, results on the job can be catastrophic likely contributed to their degraded performance” the effect of sleep deprivation and caffeine consumption on risky decision making .The authors concluded that the ability to integrate emotion and cognition may be vulnerable to the effects of sleep loss. Workers may tend to take more risks when sleep deprived, and this may be particularly critical for workers such as police officers, military personnel, or medical workers who must make fast decisions that affect their own and others’ wellbeing.
· Sleep also affects the quality of problem solving. Many employees hold positions in which they are expected to produce effective solutions to problems. One study has suggested that a night’s sleep may assist with problem solving. Sleepy employees are more likely to be late for work, absent, or less productive at work. The NSF (2005) found that sleep problems are often given as the reason people are late for work; in fact, almost 30% of adults surveyed reported that they had missed work or made errors at work because of sleep problems.
The relationship between sleep and health
Compromised Health. The relationship between sleep and health is bidirectional: poor sleep compromises health and poor health disrupts sleep. Insufficient sleep may compromise health by decreasing immune functioning. reflux disease, cancer, HIV, chronic obstructive lung disease (emphysema), asthma, peptic ulcer disease, enlarged prostate gland (causes frequent urination), and congestive heart failure with associated shortness of breath, chronic pain, and urinary tract infections (Rujut & Bromley, 1999.
Lack of sleep lowered motivation, irritability, or difficulty interacting with others. For example, a study of elderly individuals in Japan concluded that daytime sleepiness is associated with depressed morale .Further, in a recent survey, 25% of shift workers reported that sleepiness interfered with their intimate life. Without sufficient sleep, quality of life is diminished (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008), and increased sleep may improve quality of life. sleep or excessive sleep (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Anxiety and depressive disorders account for 40% to 50% of all cases of chronic insomnia (Becker, 2006). Sleepy people are less likely to have good control over their emotions and emotional expression. If an employee is entertaining an important client and the client makes a derogatory or foolish comment, an employee who did not sleep well for the last few nights may respond with a sarcastic remark before discretion can kick in. The NSF notes that sleepy people are more likely to report feeling.
· Lack of sleep in workplace stressed, sad, and angry and to have a worse attitude in general. Anger might be displayed in a negative way, such as road rage (Gelula, quoted by NSF, 2008), threatening employees’ health as well as that of the public, and possibly increasing their employer’s liability.
the effects lack of sleep and insomnia .
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