"Most people wake up to alarms, because they don't naturally wake up at the time when they have to get up and go to work.
"So we've got a sleep deprived society - it's just that this age group, say 14-24 in particular, is more deprived than any other sector."
As many as 40 percent of employees claim they're burned out because of work-related stress. ..It's doubtful that anyone reading this article is surprised by any of these statistics. Our world moves at a breakneck pace, and there's a consistent onus put on us to work harder, move faster and get further before we die. Unfortunately, we could all die sooner because of this very notion.
But University of Sydney Professor John Buchanan, Director of the Workplace Research Centre, says the focus should be on why staff are taking time off, not when they are choosing to do so. He says staff are stressed out. Audio: 'Stressed-out' workers taking more sickies (The World Today) "I think the issue of the negative consequences of stress for health are getting recognition from insurers and the like, and I think they are the hard numbers that people should be focusing attention on," Professor Buchanan said. He says there is a culture of working every last cent out of employees, until they give up. "For managers, they manage by stress," Professor Buchanan said. "They cut staffing levels, see how far the organisation can limp along with as few staff as possible and then respond. "This has significant impacts on the workforce." http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-03/workplace-sickies/3810308
"..now I find companies are taking incredible advantage of the economic crisis by combining the work of several people into one position. I have been told outright on interviews that I would be replacing three people and should expect to work 10-hour days and weekends"[See html-commentedAtThisFileForCnnfnReaderComments]
Darrel Drobnich, National Sleep Foundation chief executive officer.."Americans are definitely sleep deprived. They don't get the amount that even they say that they want," Drobnich said. The CDC said 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep loss and sleep disorders in a country of 300 million.
"That study makes clear that you can't wait for your employer to 'get' just how big a problem your stress level is," notes Gale. "You have to take responsibility for managing it yourself, and do it now."Notice it's all in "our" lap -- what about the employers changing the environment? Nope, only us changin how we "manage" it. And of course it's not all in employers' hands: unless and until the global economic system's structure changes, employer can (and should) do something, but can't fundamentally change the pathologically high stress environment.
The usual stressors [include] ever-higher productivity targets, only 24 hours in a day [this is just re-stating the first one], and the struggle to carve out some kind of life outside of work [this is just re-stating yet again that one single reason: being expected to do more, and more, and more, and ever more 'more', at work]
"Survey after survey confirms that people are burning the candle at both ends more and more, with no let-up on increasingly global working environments that demand long working hours and 24/7 leisure opportunities. Modern technology has done nothing to free up our time and sleep length and quality is the victim."
Finally admission that 9 is needed by some: Experts generally agree that seven to nine hours of sleep a night is advisable for adults. (07 sep)