Lack of sleep or irregular sleep that disturbs your body's natural 24-hour cycle can substantially increase your risk of accidents—on and off the job. To work safely you have to be alert and focused, but when you're sleepy that may be impossible.
In July 2016, the National Safety Council launched an initiative on occupational fatigue. "Aside from just an increase in workplace risk, there's also long-term economic consequences," said Emily Whitcomb, senior program manager of the initiative. "NSC is tackling fatigue because as we're working toward eliminating preventable deaths, fatigue is one of the larger issues."
Do you think you get enough sleep each night? The National Sleep Foundation says everyone should aim to get between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep each night.