Fatigue caused by the lack of a good night’s sleep is one of the key factors leading to reduced productivity in the workplace, and sleep apnea is a major cause of fatigue. Obstructive sleep apnea
(or apnoea) is a sleep disorder where the throat closes fully or partially during sleep, often causing people to wake up many times over the course of the night. Often people don’t even realise that they have sleep apnea, but simply feel fatigued or possess a lack of focus.
Can a good night’s sleep lead to a more productive day?
Many sufferers of sleep apnea start the day feeling unrefreshed or even exhausted after a disturbed night of sleep and find it very difficult to concentrate on their activities. By the afternoon, the body’s circadian rhythms will be attempting to send the sufferer to sleep. When you start the day tired, your productivity suffers. Conversely, a good night’s sleep can help prepare you for a long and productive day and assist with concentration.
What happens if I am fatigued at work?
In addition to posing significant safety risks in certain operating environments, studies have shown that employees who do not get a good night’s sleep have significantly less productivity and workplace performance. Studies have also shown that productivity loss due to fatigue is a significant cost to employers, reducing their ability to grow. If you are tired at work, you will not be performing at your best, which reduces your ability to succeed.
How do I know if I have obstructive sleep apnea?
Loud and chronic snoring is a sign that you may have obstructive sleep apnea, particularly when combined with disturbed sleep and the feeling of waking up tired. The only way to diagnose OSA is to make an appointment to see your doctor and get a referral for a sleep study.
How do I fight the fatigue?
Luckily, there are some easy ways to treat sleep apnea, including using a CPAP machine
(Continuous Positive Airway Pressure )which gently pushes air into the mouth and nose preventing the throat from collapsing during sleep. By using a CPAP, a sleep apnea sufferer can enjoy a much improved night sleep, which should lead to increased levels of productivity and motivation throughout the day.