There are a number of recognized sleep disorders that plague people due to various physical, emotional, and mental reasons. While plenty of us have stayed up way past our bedtimes and face the new work day tired and groggy, there is a real serious safety concern on the job when people are too fatigued and overtired to do their jobs safely.
It is vital to the well being of each employee that sufficient sleep is a priority through the work week. If we are showing up for work too tired to care about what is going on, we are likely to make mistakes that causes serious harm to ourselves or to others. In many cases, the fatigue stems from just not getting enough downtime to rest. Technology is to blame for some of the sleep disturbances because now that people are connected at all times, it can be difficult to find the time to unwind in peace. Some jobs directly impact the personal time of employees such as when people need to work ‘on call’ and never truly get a break from work life.
Another reason people are getting hurt at work when overtired has to do with medical issues surrounding sleep disorders. Insomnia is a common sleep problem people experience for a number of reasons. It is wise to follow up with a doctor if you find you are unable to go to sleep or have difficulties coming out of a night’s rest. If a sleep disorder is to blame for your fatigue, you will need to seek treatment to find some relief or you could be putting your safety in jeopardy as well as the safety of your co-workers while on the job.
Following up with a doctor perhaps can provide the proper documentation your employer needs to know about your sleep disorder. This proof of medical care can also help prevent your termination in the event lack of sleep or other sleep disturbances are causing you to miss work.
If you have been injured at work due to the mistakes of others, contact our legal team for more information about protecting your rights to workers compensation benefits. We can be reached toll free at 888-799-3918 or through our online contact form.