Lack of Sleep Costs Companies Money

Monday, October 22nd, 2012, 4:24 pm

Sleepy workers can cost companies money due to errors and accidents.  It has been estimated that the total cost to American business for fatigue related incidents is about $31 billion each year. A recent survey suggested that insomnia was linked to a 40% higher risk of accidents that cost a company $500 or more. 

The American Insomnia Survey found that people with insomnia were 90% more likely to report  costly accidents at work and 40% more likely to have made an expensive error on the job (researchers adjusted for age and other factors). Insomnia is estimated to be the cause of about 7% of workplace accidents overall.

Insomnia was the only sleep disorder studied in this survey but it is not the only one that leads to excessive daytime sleepiness and increased  accidents!

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea think they are getting a full night’s sleep. Many of them fall asleep just fine and they don’t understand why they are so sleepy and fatigued during the day. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes the sleeper to stop breathing during sleep. This happens many times each hour throughout the night causing fragmented sleep as the patient briefly wakes to begin breathing again. The sleep apnea sufferers don’t remember these wakings or gasping for air during sleep.

How do you know you might have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea? Signs of sleep apnea include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, overweight and gasping or choking sounds during sleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea is linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, mood disorders and early death. This is a dangerous condition that should not be ignored.

Sleep apnea can be treated by using a CPAP machine  but many patients have trouble using the CPAP masks and machines and abandon treatment. Another highly effective treatment is available from your dentist who is specially trained in dental sleep medicine. A custom oral appliance can be used to keep the airway open throughout the night is effective and comfortable.

To find out more about obstructive sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

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