Studies show that employer-sponsored efforts to encourage improved sleep hygiene and healthier habits have resulted in less worktime sleepiness complaints by employees and greater productivity. Most common workplace interventions involve educational programs that emphasize sleep hygiene, fatigue management, and how personal habits (such as caffeine consumption and exercise) that affect sleep. However, other interventions include providing quiet places where employees can rest on breaks (as possible and appropriate), daytime exercise activities and programs, and increased natural light in workspaces. Researchers also suggest the benefit of:
· Setting limits on the number of hours that can be worked in 24-hour and 7-day periods.
· Establishing a minimum of 10 to 11 consecutive hours off from work per 24-hour period.
· Providing workers who have serious sleep problems access to an accredited sleep disorder center.