Sleep deprivation is a phenomena observed in most cultures. Though we know that adults require 6 to 8 hours of sleep on the average, we also know that up to 50% are not achieving this standard. This is very true in industrialized as well as developing nations. Occasional sleep deprivation is acceptable by most but when it becomes persistant and chronic, we experience cognitive and behavioral changes that affect our daily lives. In some instances, as the research supports, physical changes can occur that eventually lead to illnesses, such as, diabetes or cardiac difficulties. While there are many things that can cause sleep deprivation, sleep disorders is the most common. Sleep disorders, such as, insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome, to name a few, prevent us from having continuous restorative sleep as each causes interuptions in the normal sleep/wake cycle.
One area of our lives where this may have dramatic consequences is in the workplace. Chronic and persistent sleep deprivation in the workplace can lead to poor work efficiency, low productivity, absenteeism, and workplace accidents. This translates into billions of lost dollars and overutilization of medical services. People who are sleep deprived tend to see their doctors more often and extensively rely on prescription medications or over the counter sleep remedies, most of which do not work well in the long run. Some rely on alcohol to sleep. The issue of sleep deprivation in the workplace is serious and interventions are needed to minimize it, thus saving billions in lost dollars while at the same time improving job satisfaction, work attendance, and work quality.
Sleep Systems International can provide consultative services to address the issue of sleep deprivation and its effect on job performance, satisfaction, and absenteeism. An initial evaluation is conducted followed by interventions with suggestions that meet the needs of the workplace and the people who work in them. Interventions can be in the form of, for instance, educational seminars, interviews, or procedural changes. Since sleep deprived individuals tend to utilize medical services more often than normal sleepers, a focus may be placed on overuse of sedating medications, their costs, and ultimate effect on cognition and ultimate job performance and workplace accidents. Companies save millions of dollars attending to such issues and a better workplace is achieved. (This page remains in contruction)