Injuries, illnesses, industrial accidents and medical mistakes can result from employees who are too tired when performing a job. Weariness, reduced alertness, irritability, lack of motivation and impaired decision making are all results of fatigue. Health-related problems such as depression, heart disease, sleep disorders, digestive problems, poor eating habits, obesity and reproductive problems have been linked to fatigue as well.
Fatigue in the workplace is estimated to cost employers over $500 billion globally. Even more staggering is the fact that fatigue and its consequences can be avoided with simple solutions. Here are two easy steps that can reduce that tired feeling and help you be more alert at work.
1. Get Proper Sleep
Reducing fatigue starts before you even get to work. Make sure that you get the appropriate amount of sleep at home before you even arrive at your job. Your body needs between 7-9 hours of rest each night. When you sleep, make sure the room is very dark so that your sleep will not be interrupted, and turn off or silence electronic devices before you go to bed. Also, you will rest better if you establish a consistent bedtime each night.
2. Keep Alert During the Day
Eating protein with each meal and adding healthy snacks between meals will help you stay more alert during waking hours. Instead of drinking coffee, tea, soda pop or juice, replace them with water to increase alertness. Staying physically active at work will reduce stress and fatigue also. Consider using a standing desk on a spring loaded caster system so you can move it around. Walk up and down a set of stairs every 90 minutes. And, instead of calling, take a walk to see a colleague in person.
These simple steps will help you reduce your work fatigue and make you more productive. Overall, they will help you be more healthy and happy in your work.