Farmers and Ranchers Need More Rest
For some time, we have known most of us do not get enough sleep. BUT - there is a new study which says, farmers and ranchers in particular are not getting the sleep they need.
Susan Harris is with the University of Nebraska and is a sleep expert. She speaks with farmers and ranchers on a regular basis on the importance of sleep and says your lack of getting the necessary amount of rest each day puts you in harms way.
Farming is dangerous business, but when combined with sleep deprivation, the risk of injury or death is even greater. Unfortunately, since timing is so crucial when planting, harvesting, calving, or milking, getting a full night’s sleep during these busy seasons is tough.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Side effects of sleep deprivation include lack of concentration, attention deficits, longer reaction times, distractibility, lack of coordination, poor decision making, increased errors, and forgetfulness. When working around machinery or livestock, any of these can lead to injury.
Lack of sleep can also contribute to anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, heart attack, obesity, and diabetes.