Recent studies show that sleeping on the job and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can have an impact on your job performance.
One recent study involved around 150 people in a recent issue of the journal “sleep”, each of which were referred to a sleep center for sleep apnea. The overnight study confirmed that 83 of these people did have sleep apnea and the results showed that their work productivity suffered. A lot of the people also had excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).
People in the study showed that they were 14-times more likely to have some type of job-performance related problems within the past 4 weeks. These problems basically included sleeping on the job or missing work due to being too tired. They also were more likely to report decreased job effectiveness. However, results have shown that people with OSA and EDS were almost four-times more likely to have had their work duty modified in the past five years. Examples include taking a pay cut or missing a promotion. Numerous alternative examples include a job schedule or a job change.
In the other recent study that involved 957 people that were diagnosed with OSA and then compared to around 4,800 people who did not have sleep apnea. These results showed that men with OSA were 61 percent more likely to miss work. That was increased to 80% when you talk about women who have sleep apnea.
Women have this risk was increased 5 years before they were even diagnosed; in men though this risk could be seen one year before even being diagnosed. It is certainly estimated that 80 percent of men and 90 percent of women with moderate to severe sleep apnea are undiagnosed. Could you be one of these people?
You can find out with an overnight sleep study. Contact our sleep center in the Denver area for help.