Shift Worker’s Disorder (SWD)

There are a host of issues related to shift work and disrupted sleep patterns, below are a few fun facts…
  • Sleep problems are reaching epidemic proportions, estimated to be the #1 health related problem in America – (CNN, May 1997.)
  • Sleep deprivation costs $150 billion each year in higher stress and reduced worker productivity-(National Commission on Sleep Disorders, 2003.)
  • Almost all adults don’t get enough sleep and most struggle to get up in the morning. “If we got enough sleep at night we wouldn’t need an alarm clock to wake us.” (Mayo Clinic).
  • Recent studies implicate sleep deprivation in diabetes.
  • We sleep on average 6.9 hours/day, almost an hour less than a few decades ago.
  • Parents of young children lose an extra hour of sleep each night. (NSF 2004.)
  • Childhood sleeplessness is a high risk factor for adolescent alcohol and drug abuse-children with sleep problems are twice as likely to abuse drugs when teenagers. (Univ. of Mich. April 2004 sleep study.)
  • 43 percent of respondents reported that daytime sleepiness interfered with their normal daytime activities, including work. (NSF 2000.)
  • 30-40% of heavy truck accidents are due to driver fatigue. National Sleep Foundation, 2002 Annual Sleep Survey.
  • Almost 74% of all Americans do not get enough sleep each night.
  • Most will feel sleepy or groggy during the week.
  • 51% of adults say they have problems sleeping at least a few nights each week.
  • Almost 1/3 has trouble sleeping every night.
  • Half of all Americans can not get up without an alarm clock.
  • Alarm clocks interrupt sleep cycle causing, lack of energy, feeling not refreshed in the morning.
  • Those with sleep problems are twice as likely to feel stressed and tired.

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