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As technology has continued to improve, the amount of quality sleep we get on average has continued to shrink. Using a mobile device before bed can delay the bodyclock by 1.5 hours, meaning that any last minute emails or ‘personal’ time is having a huge impact on the already diminishing hours of sleep people get. But how does this culture impact our ability to be productive, and what does it mean to businesses?
Our infographic explores how the sleep epidemic is impacting our work and what business and employees can do to combat it. On average, people are supposed to have a mean average of 8 hours of sleep per night (with it varying from person to person), but statistics show that even the most well slept countries are falling short of this number, with some drastically off.
Sleep deprivation can have a huge impact on the way we operate and our effectiveness. Worryingly, having less sleep than the 7 - 9 hour recommended range can immediately impact your ability to solve problems (57% less effective), make decisions (56% reduced) and respond to stimuli (50% slower). Long-term, this can have a lasting impact on your health. Alarmingly, data shows that of the most sleep deprived industries, those in healthcare dominate the charts, with healthcare support workers and practitioners in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
So what is causing this epidemic and what can we do to combat it? It appears that a shift towards office environments with less exposure to natural light can impact sleep by as much as 46 minutes per night, and 90% of people admitting to using mobile devices before bed is having a significant effect. Instead, it’s essential that people avoid sending ‘one last email’ and ensure they receive as much daylight as possible through the day to support a circadian rhythm.
For more information, have a read through our infographic below.
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