In the construction industry, f*ck ups at work can be a real issue. It can end up costing companies thousands and can even result in you losing your job!

But, recent research has found that drilling into the water pipe or cutting through cables are actually the least of your worries. In fact, according to studies, the worst mistake you can make at work is not getting enough sleep! And no, before you head back to your van for a nap, I don’t quite mean sleeping whilst at work. No, I’m on about getting enough sleep before work.

According to a survey of 2,000 workers, 43% believe that they don’t get enough sleep in order to “stay safe at work”. Included within this “safety” bracket was stuff like not being able to think clearly or be productive. They also revealed that this lack of sleep meant they were unable to make informed decisions too.

Do you ever get this?

This research isn’t alone in it’s findings either. According to additional studies by the National Sleep Foundation, workers that are overly tired are 70% more likely to be involved in an accident in comparison to those who have had enough sleep. Not only that, but these people are also much more likely to report accidents and injuries too.

But, on average, how much sleep is determined as ‘enough’?

Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, the average male aged between 24 and 65 need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. So, if you’ve gotta be up at 6am to get to site, then you need to make sure you’re heading to bed between 9 and 11pm.

There are many reasons why this can’t happen though. Whether you’ve got a newborn baby or a stack load of paperwork, it is important to get as much sleep as you possibly can. Stress can play another massive role in a person’s ability to sleep too. In fact, studies found that almost half of construction workers lose sleep due to stress from work. Take a look at the full report here.

So what do you lot think of this? Do you get enough sleep? Let us know in the comments below.


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