Gaining an hour means a little extra time to rest! Sleep is very important not only for your mental and physical health but for your overall safety.
Sleep deprivation critically impairs job performance which could result in disastrous results. Sleep sharpens our cognitive ability, enabling us to think fast, act fast, and act smart.
Poor sleep and low energy at work can lead to “cutting corners,” taking safety risks that result in accidents.
Here are the American Cancer Society’s 10 Tips for Getting More Sleep (Adults should aim for 7-9 hours per night)
- Go to sleep at the same time each night, and get up at the same time each morning, even on the weekends.
- Don’t take naps after 3pm, and don’t nap longer than 20 minutes.
- Stay away from caffeine and alcohol late in the day.
- Avoid nicotine completely.
- Get regular exercise, but not within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal late in the day. A light snack before bedtime is OK.
- Make your bedroom comfortable, dark, quiet, and not too warm or cold.
- Follow a routine to help you relax before sleep (for example, reading or listening to music). Turn off the TV and other screens at least an hour before bedtime.
- Don’t lie in bed awake. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, do something calming until you feel sleepy, like reading or listening to soft music.
- Talk with a doctor if you continue to have trouble sleeping.
The Forge Safety Team is here to help you! We always want to keep you and other employees of Forge safe while on the job. This means we often need your help in communicating anything you feel is unsafe.
You can email, call, or fill out the contact us form on our website (see below).
Stay safe and never hesitate to reach out with any questions you have!
– The Forge Safety Team