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  The Herman Trend Alert

June 20, 2000

Nap Time

194 Days until January 1, 2001

Feeling a little sleepy? Drowsy at work again? Want to take a nap? A significant percentage of our 10,000+ readers are nodding as they read this - and not because of our content or writing ability. Most of us are not getting enough sleep.

In a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation http://www.sleepfoundation.org 51 percent of the American workforce reports that sleepiness on-the-job interferes with the amount of work they get done. Forty-percent of employees admit that the quality of their work suffers when they are sleepy, and nearly one out of five (19 percent) report making occasional or frequent work errors due to sleepiness. Sleep experts recommend at least 8 hours of sleep a night in order to function properly, yet one-third of American adults (33 percent) sleep only 6.5 hours or less nightly during the work week. Additionally, a full 45 percent of adults agree that they will sleep less in order to accomplish more.

One out of four adults (24 percent) has difficulty getting up for work two or more days per week, and 27 percent of adults say they are sleepy at work two or more days a week. At least two-thirds of adults report that sleepiness makes concentrating (68 percent) and handling stress (66 percent) on the job more difficult. Fifty-eight percent say that making decisions and solving problems are more difficult when they are sleepy. Listening to co-workers is more difficult when sleepy, according to 57 percent of respondents. Overall, employees estimate that the quality and quantity of their work is diminished by about 30 percent when they are sleepy.

This sleep-vulnerability is a serious issue for corporate leaders. At risk is productivity and safety . . . and employment longevity. There are indications that seven percent of workers have changed jobs in order to get more sleep.

We forecast more use of nap rooms and encouragement of employees taking quick naps at their desks. Other activities, such as recess, will be used to keep people alert. Watch for workers to be sent home after a reasonable workday to rest.


Comments from our readers:

this one really hits home!!! I usually function on 5 to 6 hours of sleep each night during the work week. and for the recess idea, I think many of us would be off trying to run errands and get those all too many personal chores taken care off. thanks.
kdin


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