More often than not, there is a reason behind feeling fatigued. A study performed by the National Safety Council (NSC) found that 43% of workers are sleep-deprived, and those most at risk work the night shift, long shifts or irregular shifts.

A few frightening facts for employers:

  • Safety performance decreases as employees become tired
  • 62% of night shift workers complain about sleep loss
  • Fatigued worker productivity costs employers $1,200 to $3,100 per employee annually
  • Employees on rotating shifts are particularly vulnerable because they cannot adapt their "body clocks" to an alternative sleep pattern

Understanding some of the ways employees can win back their energy will help increase productivity and decrease the risk of accidents in the workplace:

1.Get Moving

When you’re tired, exercising is the last thing on your mind. However, studies show that physical activity boosts energy levels.

We’re not telling you to go for a 30 minute jog on the clock, but do make it a point to step away from your desk once an hour and get your body moving. You could go up and down a flight of stairs, take a trip to the water cooler or simply do some stretching at your desk!

A little bit of movement goes a long way in helping you fight fatigue.

2.Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration plays a huge role in your energy level and physical performance. Studies show that dehydration leads to decreased alertness and concentration.

Health authorities typically recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water on a daily basis, which is the equivalent of 2 liters.  Even if you aren’t drinking that much water every day, make it a point to drink water when you are feeling tired and take note of any changes in your energy levels.

3.Get to Bed Early

Lack of sleep increases the risk of accidents and is one of the leading causes of daytime fatigue. Every individual is different, but most adults need 7 – 9 hours of sleep on average to feel well rested.

Additionally, the timeframe you sleep has a lot to do with feeling well rested. This is referred to as your “body clock”.  Your body becomes accustomed to your sleeping schedule so if you are going to bed and waking up at different times throughout the week, you will likely feel more fatigued. Try to stick to a consistent sleeping schedule.

If you don’t get a full night’s sleep before work, consider taking a 10-minute nap on your lunch to help boost your energy levels. Don’t nap over 30 minutes, though, or you may have trouble sleeping that night.

4.Eat More Often

Some individuals may benefit by eating smaller meals more frequently during the day. This may help to steady your blood sugar level.

It is completely healthy to have a snack/small meal every 2 hours. Fruits and veggies, nuts and whole grains are a great option to help boost your energy levels.

5.Reduce Stress Levels

Stress uses up a lot of energy. Try to introduce relaxing activities into your day to increase energy levels:

  • Exercising/Yoga
  • Listening to music or reading
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Meditate/Practice Mindful Breathing

Fatigue is not only uncomfortable in the workplace, it can be dangerous as well. Next time you are feeling fatigued, we hope you try one of our tips above!

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Amy joined Rockford Mutual in January of 2017 with an Associates Degree in Marketing. Amy has a great understanding of insurance in general as she is currently working towards an Associate in General Insurance designation.