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Sleep Health & Work

sleepiness at work

If you’re nodding off during meetings, yawning at your desk, or your thoughts are foggy throughout the day, it won’t surprise you to hear that sleepiness can drastically affect your work performance. When you’re drowsy, your brain is not as creative and won’t process information as quickly or retain important facts as well.

We know from large-scale studies of the U.S. population that many of us don’t get proper sleep and feel tired throughout the day. A lot of people show up to work drowsy and say they turn in sub-par work performances on a regular basis. A 2008 Sleep in America® poll found that 29 percent of people said they had fallen asleep or became very sleepy at work in the previous month, and 12 percent were late to work in the last month because of sleepiness. More than one fourth of workers said that daytime sleepiness interferes with their daily activities at least a few days each month. The workers who seem to be hardest hit are those who either perform extended or irregular work hours (more than 50 hours per week) or juggle multiple jobs (including shift workers).

In that same NSF poll of sleep habits and the workplace, even though people said they needed an average of 7 hours 18 minutes of sleep per night to be at their best the next workday, they reported an average of 6 hours and 40 minutes. The vast majority of people say they just “accept it and keep going” when they’re sleepy at work. And it’s important to remember that even modest amounts of sleep loss can accumulate over time so that a few nights of poor sleep can have a major impact on daily functioning.

Sleep is often the first thing to give up when life gets busy with heavy workloads, irregular work schedules, school, and parenting responsibilities. All of these normal, but increasingly time-consuming realities tend to crowd out the time and peace of mind needed for healthy sleep. Sleep may move to the bottom of our list of priorities. For many people, the boundaries between work and home life also become blurry. People spend an average of 4.5 hours doing work at home each week, with 20 percent spending 10 or more hours working at home. This could represent a cycle in which people are less productive at work because they’re tired, so they bring work home, only to have it interfere with their sleep.

One of the professions where sleepiness makes an obvious (and sometimes dangerous) dent in work performance is the medical field. Researchers have studied the extended hours of medical professionals and found that losing sleep has a big impact on their work quality. For example, when on-call residents work overnight, they have twice as many attention failures, commit 36 percent more serious medical errors and report 300 percent more medical errors that lead to death than those who work a 16-hour shift. In one study, researchers capped the workweek of medical school interns at 80 hours and found that these interns had less than half the rate of failures in attention than did the interns who worked more than 80 hours.

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  • January 7, 2019
    Steve R.
    Went in for a consult at the lancaster office almost 2 years ago where the staff took my vitals and then took some baseline readings which lasted 20-30 mins. Turns out that those baseline readings test cost more than the actual overnight sleep study that i ended up taking a couple weeks later, but didn't learn about this fact until i went back in on the 3rd visit for my sleep study results. Was told that i had obstructive sleep apnea and would definitely need to come back in for an additional sleep study to be fitted for a CPAP, but 1st needed to get some financials squared away. That was perfectly fine until i saw a charge for my consultation that cost more than the sleep study. For 20-30 mins and that justifies a $1400 charge, insane! My insurance covered half of this fiasco whereas i only paid copays for each visit, and didn't pay another cent to them beyond that. Seems rather shady to slip some high priced diagnostic test in during the consultation. I would have payed my half of the sleep study, but nothing for the other test. So here i am, roughly 2 years later still with obstructive sleep apnea, still no CPAP, and getting worse. Buyer beware, go elsewhere.
  • January 6, 2019
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  • January 5, 2019
    Gail Brown
    Poor service. If I could give zero stars I would. They don't return phone calls. If you need prescriptions or paperwork completed to obtain your medical equipment, they won't submit correctly, and then will get an attitude with you. They are rude and medically incapable of doing right for the patients.
  • January 2, 2019
    Shelly L.
    Can I give no stars? So slow and long wait to get in. Even when there is no one in the waiting room. And they want to have me come in every time I need a new prescription for a controlled substance. This is not due to Ohio laws this is just their policy. I’m sorry but who with a full time job can call off work once a month just to get a refill??? My advice is go to your family doctor to have them refill your prescription every 3 months instead. Don’t go here. I’ve been out of medications due to the fact they don’t answer their phone or they don’t send out the prescription promptly. They informed me last minute I wouldn’t be able to get my prescription because I haven’t seen them in a year. Like wow now I have no medication. Great.
  • January 1, 2019
    gemma.e
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  • January 7, 2019
    Steve R.
    Went in for a consult at the lancaster office almost 2 years ago where the staff took my vitals and then took some baseline readings which lasted 20-30 mins. Turns out that those baseline readings test cost more than the actual overnight sleep study that i ended up taking a couple weeks later, but didn't learn about this fact until i went back in on the 3rd visit for my sleep study results. Was told that i had obstructive sleep apnea and would definitely need to come back in for an additional sleep study to be fitted for a CPAP, but 1st needed to get some financials squared away. That was perfectly fine until i saw a charge for my consultation that cost more than the sleep study. For 20-30 mins and that justifies a $1400 charge, insane! My insurance covered half of this fiasco whereas i only paid copays for each visit, and didn't pay another cent to them beyond that. Seems rather shady to slip some high priced diagnostic test in during the consultation. I would have payed my half of the sleep study, but nothing for the other test. So here i am, roughly 2 years later still with obstructive sleep apnea, still no CPAP, and getting worse. Buyer beware, go elsewhere.
  • January 6, 2019
    Alicia grey
    Amy winehouse
  • January 5, 2019
    Gail Brown
    Poor service. If I could give zero stars I would. They don't return phone calls. If you need prescriptions or paperwork completed to obtain your medical equipment, they won't submit correctly, and then will get an attitude with you. They are rude and medically incapable of doing right for the patients.
  • January 2, 2019
    Shelly L.
    Can I give no stars? So slow and long wait to get in. Even when there is no one in the waiting room. And they want to have me come in every time I need a new prescription for a controlled substance. This is not due to Ohio laws this is just their policy. I’m sorry but who with a full time job can call off work once a month just to get a refill??? My advice is go to your family doctor to have them refill your prescription every 3 months instead. Don’t go here. I’ve been out of medications due to the fact they don’t answer their phone or they don’t send out the prescription promptly. They informed me last minute I wouldn’t be able to get my prescription because I haven’t seen them in a year. Like wow now I have no medication. Great.
  • January 1, 2019
    gemma.e
    amazing
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