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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


Sep 15, 2017 josilda josilda
Sep 14, 2017 Martha Eberle
Aug 21, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Aug 20, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 19, 2017 Raleigh koritz yes we do. If you want us to continue to give you our best. Please give us more paid time off. ty
Aug 18, 2017 Selena Millman
Aug 10, 2017 Anna Rincon
Aug 7, 2017 danielle jacques
Aug 7, 2017 Deni Gereighty I was routinely given less than 12 hours off and even 10 hours off between shifts,, which is ridiculou for an RN on nights or evenings or even days if you have a life or ever get sick!!!
Jul 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 23, 2017 Rachel Howe
Jul 22, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Jul 10, 2017 Leslie Williams
Jul 7, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Jul 5, 2017 Paul-Denis Clermont
Jul 5, 2017 Lynn Ronconi
Jul 5, 2017 Kathleen Keske
Jul 4, 2017 Sally Simpson
Jul 4, 2017 Paola Moretti
Jul 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2017 Farnoush Katouzian
Jul 1, 2017 Nicholas Zecher
Jul 1, 2017 Karl Zimmerman
Jun 29, 2017 Francesca Nicoletti
Jun 27, 2017 Iryna Andreychuk
Jun 26, 2017 Carolien ten Brink
Jun 25, 2017 Kimberly Wiley
Jun 23, 2017 Crystal Conklin
Jun 22, 2017 Martha Wallace
Jun 22, 2017 Shashawna Foland
Jun 22, 2017 Deborah Clarke
Jun 22, 2017 Victoria Barajas
Jun 21, 2017 Caroline CEDELLE
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Barbara Skinner
Jun 20, 2017 Dita Škalič
Jun 19, 2017 Ashleigh Heath
Jun 19, 2017 Jean Buchanan
Jun 19, 2017 Kathleen Serrano
Jun 18, 2017 Valerie Sanderson
Jun 18, 2017 Estella Edwards
Jun 18, 2017 Roxanne Asel
Jun 18, 2017 Jeanine Smegal
Jun 17, 2017 Brianna Onken
Jun 17, 2017 Elizabeth Cano
Jun 17, 2017 Shadoe Drury
Jun 17, 2017 Ellaine Janicki
Jun 17, 2017 Penny Gregorich

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