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Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Injury on the Job

A good night's sleep improves performance, according to a study by researchers at the University of Geneva; yet less than half of adults get the recommended eight hours a night... James Herdegen, medical director of the Sleep Science Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that lack of sleep impairs thought processes, memory, and math skills. Tired workers make more errors on the job, such as giving incorrect verbal orders, making mistakes in paperwork, and operating equipment improperly. He suggests that tired workers may have contributed to such disastrous events as Amtrak train derailments and the Exxon Valdez oil spill...

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