Fatigue: An Unseen Danger For Workers


Meeting the of cost living is becoming increasingly hard, and as such everyone is putting extra effort to carter for their needs and that of their immediate family. In many countries, wages are low so employees spend extra time working while others take up second job to increase their earnings. As the days goes by, fatigue begins to set in. What is the implication of fatigue to a worker? How can you identify the signs of fatigue? How can you deal with fatigue?
Worker experiencing fatigue
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Fatigue is a physical or mental state of being tired, exhausted, weary and lethargic. Whether physical or mental, fatigue does no good to the body. Long working hours contributes to fatigue among workers. In Nigeria for example, some individuals wake up as early as 4am preparing for work. Spend two hours on the road to work due to regular heavy traffic. They closed from work so late and get home around 10pm. Recognizing the signs of fatigue can curb its impending dangers. Fatigue can lead to accident at workplace.

Warning Signs of Fatigue
  • Burning eyes or drooping eyelids
  • Day dreaming and hallucination
  • Falling asleep during daytime activities
  • Difficulty in thinking while resolving little problems

It is quite understandable that hard work can bring success but setting limitations can evict the dangers of fatigue. The major cause of fatigue is lack of sleep. So it it necessary to always get enough sleep.
   
 Read: How Important is Sleep

Sleep is like a medicine. It is also a debt we owe which we must always pay the body. Make sure you sleep at night. Working at night and sleeping during daytime will affect the quality of your life. There is a big difference in the quality of night sleep from daytime sleep. Living a simple life, differentiating needs from wants will help you set a balance view of materialistic pursuits. This will benefit you because you will be guided on the type of job you take and the hours spent working.

11 comments:

  1. Fatigue can hamper your perfomance at work. It slows you down both physically and mentally.

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  2. Thanks for this info, i belong to the category of those who sleep for a short time and waking up early.
    Gonna re-schedule my sleeping time

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    1. Maintaining a regular sleep-wake pattern will be helpful..

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  3. This is especially true for high school students. Their schedules are so cramped with classes and extra curricular activities (because that's what is expected) that they do not get enough sleep.

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    1. So true but fatigue can affect anyone in any life endeavors. Sport men and women too are prone to fatigue.

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  4. Sleep is the only time in which our bodies truly rest. I am a night owl and happily stay up late but then face the consequences in the morning.

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  5. Mazino, as someone who requires 7-8 hours of sleep a night to run at optimum levels I found myself working a 2nd job over the Christmas holidays early in the morning. By 5:00 pm I could barely function and after several weeks I found that I was a danger to myself and others after going for 14+ hours. Changing the sleep-wake pattern did me in.

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  6. Wow. I certainly empathize with the Nigerian workers who put in such a long day. How could they not be fatigued. Yet what choice to they have? I'm sure this is a problem that can be found in just about every part of the world.

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  7. God has made the man and He best knows that we as human need rest and sleep so He created night. If we do not need rest of sleep He must not have kept night for us and have not introduced us to sleeping habits.
    The day I do not take proper sleep, I do not feel 100%

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  8. More and more research is focusing on the value of sleep. Research links lack of sleep is to weight gain, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Sleep is something we all need to train ourselves to master.

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  9. I know these symptoms you describe so well. I had a part time job at night, and it took its toll on me. Recently, I gave up that job, and you should see the difference at my primary work. It means a lot to get a good night sleep.

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