When talking about fatigue, National Safety Council Senior Program Manager Emily Whitcomb said she is asked by almost every employer about the effects of energy drinks on employees, particularly the younger crowd.
“This is a common concern,” Whitcomb said. “While caffeine can help with short-term alertness, abusing energy drinks affects one’s health and often disrupts their sleep.”
Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each day to reach peak performance levels. Nearly one-third report averaging less than six hours, resulting in fatigue.
Fatigue on the road can lead to drowsy driving. NSC research shows:
- You are three times more likely to be in a car crash if you are fatigued
- Losing even two hours of sleep is similar to the effect of having three beers
- Being awake for more than 20 hours is the equivalent of being legally drunk
Most people don’t recognize when they are tired. Tiredness often is the result of a monotonous task – like a daily commute to and from work. This is known as time-on-task fatigue.