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Between 50 and 70 million working Americans suffer from sleep or wakefulness disorder, and it's hurting us all.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked those drowsy millions to occupational disasters, higher susceptibility to chronic disease, and motor vehicle accidents--liabilities well beyond a lack of productivity.

A study by the RAND Corporation found that the United States can attribute up to $411 billion in economic losses each year to workers who aren't getting enough sleep. That amounts to a record of 1.23 million working days a year.

The U.S. is sadly a global leader in this area, along with Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada. Sleeplessness, whether it's caused by overwork, overstimulation, or associated health issues like sleep apnea, is a detriment to our health.

We demand the country's employers recognize the right of its workers to be healthy, and that includes the right to sleep.

There's no doubt that proper rest contributes to better decision-making, a healthier workforce, and higher productivity. In fact, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that reduced hours for workers in an intensive care unit, allowing for more sleep between shifts, led to significantly reduced critical errors. The medical staff studied made 35 percent more serious medical errors when working the longer schedule, with shifts up to 24 hours or more.

In France, the significance of a well-rested workforce has been indicated by law. Weekend emails from French employers were deemed illegal in May 2016.

“The development of information and communication technologies, if badly managed or regulated, can have an impact on the health of workers,” Article 25 of the El Khomri law states. “Among them, the burden of work and the informational overburden, the blurring of the borders between private life and professional life, are risks associated with the usage of digital technology.”

In the U.S., Aetna has incentivized sleep for its workers. CNBC reported that Chairman and CEO Merk Bertolini will pay any employee $25 a night, for up to $500 a year, to any worker that can sleep for seven or more hours in a row. This innovative program has been tested, and it works, Bertolini says, as proven by a more alert workforce, and higher productivity.

Examples like Aetna in the U.S. are few and far between, however. The rest of the country has a lot of catching up to do, and precedent needs to be set at the federal level.

Sign below to ask Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, to utilize this knowledge, to make sleep a priority and enact new standards that aim to benefit employer and employee alike.

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Dear Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor,

Between 50 and 70 million working Americans suffer from sleep or wakefulness disorder, and it's hurting us all.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked those drowsy millions to occupational disasters, higher susceptibility to chronic disease, and motor vehicle accidents--liabilities well beyond a lack of productivity.

A study by the RAND Corporation found that the United States can attribute up to $411 billion in economic losses each year to workers who aren't getting enough sleep. That amounts to a record of 1.23 million working days a year.

The U.S. is sadly a global leader in this area, along with Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada. Sleeplessness, whether it's caused by overwork, overstimulation, or associated health issues like sleep apnea, is a detriment to our health.

I demand the country's employers recognize the right of its workers to be healthy, and that includes the right to sleep.

There's no doubt that proper rest contributes to better decision-making, a healthier workforce, and higher productivity. In fact, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that reduced hours for workers in an intensive care unit, allowing for more sleep between shifts, led to significantly reduced critical errors. The medical staff studied made 35 percent more serious medical errors when working the longer schedule, with shifts up to 24 hours or more.

In France, the significance of a well-rested workforce has been indicated by law. Weekend emails from French employers were deemed illegal in May 2016.

“The development of information and communication technologies, if badly managed or regulated, can have an impact on the health of workers,” Article 25 of the El Khomri law states. “Among them, the burden of work and the informational overburden, the blurring of the borders between private life and professional life, are risks associated with the usage of digital technology.”

In the U.S., Aetna has incentivized sleep for its workers. CNBC reported that Chairman and CEO Merk Bertolini will pay any employee $25 a night, for up to $500 a year, to any worker that can sleep for seven or more hours in a row. This innovative program has been tested, and it works, Bertolini says, as proven by a more alert workforce, and higher productivity.

Mr. Secretary, examples like Aetna are few and far between, however. The rest of the country has a lot of catching up to do, and precedent needs to be set at the federal level. I demand that you enact new standards that reflect this knowledge, that aim to benefit employer and employee alike by making sleep a priority.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 16, 2017 Michelle Howe
Jan 14, 2017 Elaine Heathcoat
Jan 14, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jan 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jan 13, 2017 giuliana donadio
Jan 12, 2017 antonio calbetó
Jan 12, 2017 Carolyn Crawford
Jan 11, 2017 Daphne Murray
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 OLGA COTTO
Jan 10, 2017 Pedro Lima
Jan 10, 2017 Antoinette Soderholm
Jan 10, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Jan 10, 2017 Sue Hansen
Jan 10, 2017 Greg Meyer
Jan 10, 2017 Tammy Boykin
Jan 10, 2017 Kim Sellon
Jan 10, 2017 Beverly Leath
Jan 10, 2017 Christine Canavan
Jan 10, 2017 Libby+Esther Berman
Jan 9, 2017 sara elkins
Jan 9, 2017 Constance Lane
Jan 6, 2017 N Sayer
Jan 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) Hoping that people can be helped
Jan 5, 2017 Fran Terry
Jan 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2017 jane fernandez
Jan 5, 2017 Jo Atkinson
Jan 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) Your employees need more sleep!!! This includes doctors and nurses and interns.
Jan 4, 2017 patty langford STOP WORKING PEOPLE TO DEATH!
Jan 4, 2017 S M
Jan 4, 2017 Jeanette Phillips I have sleep apena and I used to fall asleep at work no one understands until you have it now it is worse AMD I cannot drive because of it i fall asleep at any moment.
Jan 4, 2017 Patricia Colbert
Jan 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2017 Cheryl Wenberg

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