A recent sleep study titled ‘Workplace Power Outage’ found that nearly 1 in 4 American office workers have taken a nap at work. In response to the study results, Dr. Russell Rosenberg, currently the Vice Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation and Director of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology, said “the findings…support the link between sleep and workplace performance.” He adds “the survey shows that inadequate sleep and poor sleep habits are primary factors for poor job performance, and can also lead to increased irritability, moodiness and lack of energy.”
The study, commissioned by Philips Consumer Lifestyle, reveals that most American office workers don’t consistently get good sleep, which is affecting their on-the-job performance.
Some key findings include:
- 85 percent of office workers admit that if they slept more, they would be more productive while on the job
- More than half (56%) of office workers don’t consistently get a good night’s sleep
- Two-thirds (64%) of office workers surveyed believe that lack of sleep means their day begins on a low note
- Two-thirds (64%) of employees do not wake up before their alarm goes off and more than one-third (37%) are not ready to get up when their alarm goes off
“The typical office worker usually accounts for hours slept as a measure of healthy sleeping, when in fact, there are several variables, ” says Dr. Rosenberg. “Room temperature, comfort, bedtime, room lighting and method of wake up are all contributing factors of healthy sleep habits that can make a person feel better during the day. One tip is to get at least 30 minutes of exposure to bright light in the morning using a light device to energize you and prepare you for a productive day.”
With 25 years of experience in clinical sleep medicine and research, Dr. Rosenberg is a Board Certified Sleep Specialist and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He obtained his doctorate in clinical and research psychology from Ohio State University and received specialized training in sleep disorders medicine and research at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical center in Chicago.
Dr. Rosenberg’s current research interests include treatments for insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders as well as treatments for disorders that cause excessive sleepiness.