So what is fatigue?
The short answer is that Fatigue is a state of physical or mental impairment that results in reduced alertness. It is a result of a sleep debt that accumulates until paid off with adequate sleep. Symptoms include tiredness, lack of energy, exhaustion and reductions in performance capacity, which in excess is an industrial and public safety issue.
Fatigue can impact both your individual employees as well as your business. The impacts can be significant whether leading to severe health complications or workplace incidents and can cost you money. You can read more about the potential financial impacts to your business here.
Consequences on your business:
- Severe loss of productivity
- Breaches of WHS
- Negative brand reputation
- Increased accident
- Increased errors in judgement
Consequences on individuals:
- Severely negative health effects (both physical and mental)
- Decreased mobility
- Negative impact on social/domestic relationships
- Reduced brain power
Ways to prevent fatigue
When it comes to preventing fatigue, it might seem like the answer is simple… sleep. However, it’s not always as easy as that.
Here are some steps you can take to increase your energy levels long-term:
Exercise. When you’re fatigued, exercising feels like the last thing you want to do but as Kerry J. Stewart, professor of medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says, it’s “the equivalent of improving the fuel efficiency of a car. It gives you more energy for any kind of activity.”
Pay attention to your diet. Eating a balanced diet has shown to improve overall energy levels. Eating small meals throughout the day means that your body is regularly fuelled and doesn’t need to spend excess energy digesting over-sized meals. Cutting back on drugs such as caffeine and sugar also aids in stabilising energy levels
Sleep. Here it is, the factor you were probably expecting to see at the top of the list. A sleep debt is the most common cause of fatigue, and so it may not come as a surprise that a good sleeping pattern is the most common solution!
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