Working too hard at the office? Here’s how to beat the fatigue in 2021

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 in 2021:

  • Safety performance decreases as employees become tired
  • 62% of night-shift workers complain about sleep loss
  • Employees on rotating shifts are particularly vulnerable because they cannot adapt their “body clocks” to an alternative sleep pattern.

1.Get Moving

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!

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 litres.

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.

4.Eat More Often

Some individuals may benefit from 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

Now reduce the stress best way possible for you. Fatigue at office leads to low productivity.

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