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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 the 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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To the 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


Apr 21, 2017 Sandrine STAMM
Apr 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2017 Anne Bekkers
Apr 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2017 Melissa Hathaway
Apr 9, 2017 R Belkin
Apr 9, 2017 Dianne Doochin
Apr 9, 2017 María Galarce
Apr 9, 2017 pearl wheeler
Apr 9, 2017 Susan Summers
Apr 5, 2017 Renella Kendall
Apr 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 30, 2017 Michelle Cary
Mar 28, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate/Human
Mar 27, 2017 Judith Mayhew
Mar 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2017 Heather Heft
Mar 19, 2017 kellyann morander
Mar 19, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 15, 2017 barbara diaz
Mar 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 13, 2017 Deborah Boychuk
Mar 13, 2017 Sandra Hazenberg
Mar 13, 2017 Bonnie Steiger
Mar 13, 2017 mercy myers We demand the country's employers recognize the right of its workers to be healthy, and that includes the right to sleep.
Mar 13, 2017 lorene wartick
Mar 13, 2017 Lora Hamman
Mar 10, 2017 EJ Frost
Mar 9, 2017 TAMMY FERRELL
Mar 9, 2017 micki sutton
Mar 5, 2017 Meg Blanchard
Mar 3, 2017 lynn kullas
Mar 3, 2017 Libby Berman
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) sleep is necessary if not serious health problems occur and can lead to death
Feb 21, 2017 karen themelis
Feb 20, 2017 Dee Ann Neely
Feb 13, 2017 Joel Quaintance
Feb 13, 2017 Edouard Dawson
Feb 13, 2017 Jackie Grey
Feb 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2017 Isabelle Mogadam
Feb 13, 2017 Janice Banks
Feb 12, 2017 Leslie Giles
Feb 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2017 julian zrnic

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