10 Tips to Keep you Awake and Safe on the Job
The CDC officially recognizes insufficient sleep as a public health epidemic. Lack of sleep has been linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, medical and occupational errors. An estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder.
Percentage of adults who unintentionally fall asleep at least once a month and their age bracket:
- 18-24: 43%
- 25-34: 36.1%
- 35-45: 34%
- 45-54: 35.3%
What can you do? Ten tips to keep you awake and safe at work.
- Eat a healthy breakfast
Fruit, carbs and protein will build and store energy for an added boost later.
- Easy on the caffeine!
Moderation is key to avoid hard crashes and hyperactivity.
- Take a nap
A 15-20 minute nap can increase your alertness and productivity tremendously.
A twenty minute power nap will activate the right side of the brain, which is responsible for processing and storing acquired information.
Simple exercises like jumping jacks, push-ups and sit-ups get the heart rate up and you can do them anywhere!
- Get outside
A quick walk around the block will clear your mind, improve your ability to focus and perk you right up.
- Listen to music
Music is a great mental stimulate in humans and helps engage many parts of the brain.
Tip: Listen to your tunes quietly, this has shown to be more effective because it requires you to pay more attention and focus which keeps the minds working strong.
Massaging yourself in the following places will improve circulation and reduce fatigue:
Top of your head, back of your neck, back of your hands, right below your knees, earlobes
- Drink Water
Dehydration is a major source of fatigue.
Tip: Fruits and vegetables are high in water content.
- Start a conversation
Conversations that require you to think critically are a great mental stimulator.
- No big lunches
Eat healthy snacks every couple hours to avoid afternoon hangovers from a big lunch.
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