Sleeping = Working
More than half the people killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. last year were someone's employee. They were moms and dads, daughters and sons, grandparents, aunts and uncles, co-workers, supervisors and employees. They were people just like us with families to support and people depending on them.
This week is an important one as companies across the nation observe the 20th annual Drive Safely Work Week. This year's safe-driving campaign is Drowsy, Distracted, or Focused... Your Decisions Drive Your Safety.
Day 2 of this week-long campaign puts a focus on how poor sleep habits affect our driving.
Good sleep drives positive behavior and performance in all things. Work, relationships, athletics, and driving safely.
When researchers exposed a group of 153 people to the common cold, those who slept less than 7 hours a night were almost 3 times more likely to catch a cold.
Bedtime rituals are not just for kids. A bedtime ritual is key to a good night's sleep. Establish a bedtime routine for yourself and aim to stick to it nightly for a consistent sleep schedule.
The negative side of poor sleep:
- Increases your appetite, typically to crave sugary foods
- Weakens your immune system and promotes inflammation
- May promote neurodegenerative processes, resulting in a loss of brain tissue
- Contributes to the risk of heart disease, strokes and can intensify arthritis and premature aging
- Increases blood pressure
- Makes you irritable
- Often leads to symptoms of depression
- Contributes to lapses in attention and reduced focus that can result in mistakes and accidents
Because we think this is one of the most important campaigns of the year, the Weeklysafety.com team has put together a new set of 5 safety meeting sheets that we are sharing with you. Click the button below to download these 5 toolbox talks today for FREE and join us in this important awareness movement.
Don't miss this important opportunity to put some attention on this issue with your teams. You never know when the next safety huddle you have will save someone's life. #DSWW2016