Fatigue Risks – Cognitive effects

Increased risks of accidents in the workplace or while travelling

 

Poor quality and quantity of sleep have been shown to correlate significantly with motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.

 

Cognitive effects

Abilities that include alertness, vigilance and concentration are negatively affected by chronic poor sleep, as are problem-solving,, creativity and decision-making abilities. It has been found that decision-making abilities can be affected after a reduction of sleep for just one night. As a result, individuals become more risky when making decisions and were more confident in those decisions.

 

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