Recently we’ve been hit by a barrage of news stories about American air traffic controllers falling asleep. As these are the people who ensure that planes carrying hundreds of other people land safely, this is truly worrisome. Unfortunately, however, it’s not surprising.
The sole reason for SleepBetter’s existence is that individuals in the U.S. and across the world don’t get enough sleep, regardless of their job. According to various studies, up to 70% of Americans don’t get the eight to nine hours of sleep that is recommended for good health and productivity. What’s scarier is that according to one recent study, nearly 40% get six hours or fewer every night … and about 15% get five or fewer hours every night.
Added to the problems identified by the above statistics is the fact that many air traffic controllers work third shift, or overnights. Sleep experts say as many as 30 to 50% of night shift workers report falling asleep on the job at least once every week. Even though they literally have people’s lives in their hands, why should air traffic controllers be any different?
We’ll leave the solution to the air traffic controller problem to the Federal Aviation Administration, but here are some tips on how you can handle working overnights:
For more help, read our 17 Healthful Sleep Tips!