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Three ways sleep deprivation leads to workers’ compensation claims

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Each day, many people in California commute to and from safe workplaces. Unfortunately, workers in well-regulated and maintained work environments are still at risk of accidents. People can get hurt at work by slipping, falling or experiencing another type of injury. You might not know that sleep, or a lack of it, can be a factor in workplace injuries.

Experiencing frequent mistakes

Whether small or large, almost everyone knows how it feels to make a mistake at work. Depending on your field, making an occasional mistake won’t be a cause for concern. However, continually depriving yourself of sleep can lead you to make more mistakes at work – errors that could turn into injuries leading to workers’ compensation claims.

Making bad calls

No matter your role, every employee has to make decisions while on the job. Unfortunately, Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your decision-making ability. This situation can lead to you making poor decisions you wouldn’t have typically made. Making a few bad decisions at work could lead to a snowball effect that no one wants to be responsible for.

Lacking energy

When you sleep, your body and mind get a chance to reset. But this beneficial stage called deep sleep isn’t always achievable if you’re not getting enough rest each night. Not getting a full night’s sleep leaves people feeling sluggish and unmotivated.

Getting enough sleep each night is more important than you might think, especially for employers. Some companies now enact resources and programs to help ensure employees aren’t coming to work sleep-deprived. Research from MetLife reports that each sleep-deprived employee a company hires costs this business an estimated $1,200 per year in lost wages and medical expenses.