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75% of Employees Report Fatigue or Sleep Deprivation “Most Days”

A lack of sleep doesn’t just kill your energy level — it also impacts productivity at the office, and can lead to workplace injuries and even fatalities.

In a recent study titled “Asleep on the Job: The Causes and Consequences of Employees’ Disrupted Sleep and How Employers Can Help,” Virgin Pulse and Vielife looked at ways that sleep disruption negatively affected employees performance at work, as well as measures to improve the problem. The survey involved over 1,100 workers at 3 U.S. companies; after completing a sleep evaluation, the companies reported some surprising data:

  • Also 76% of employees experienced sleepiness or fatigue most days of the week.
  • 15% actually dozed off during the day at least one time during the week.
  • Only 10% of respondents reported that a documented medical condition was the cause of their sleep disturbance.
  • Nearly 30% of employees were unhappy with the duration and quality of their sleep.

One problem, of course, is our constant connectivity and use of electronic devices, which leaves many of us consistently depleted; this, in turn, costs U.S. businesses an estimated $63 billion in lost productivity every year, according to a 2012 calculation by Harvard researchers. To learn more about the various causes of our national sleep disordrer and how we might fix it, check out the Virgin Pulse infographic below.

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