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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


Jul 19, 2018 Pamela Timmerman
Jul 18, 2018 Danielle Osterweil
Jul 15, 2018 Edward Flounoy Jr
Jul 15, 2018 Richard Rheder
Jul 10, 2018 Lois Zeidman
Jul 4, 2018 Linda McMullin
Jun 25, 2018 Alicia Orr
Jun 14, 2018 Diana Dee
Jun 14, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Jun 14, 2018 Kathy Jones
Jun 14, 2018 suzanne caruso
Jun 11, 2018 Leah Helmer
Jun 11, 2018 Linda Wiltshire
Jun 1, 2018 Heather Companion
May 22, 2018 Quentin Fischer
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 19, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 19, 2018 Elaine Dunn
May 15, 2018 Miriam Feehily
May 13, 2018 Dorothy Henry
May 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 8, 2018 Pamela Spacek
May 8, 2018 Sara Vilhena
May 8, 2018 Mary Doyle
May 7, 2018 Victoria Salter All humans (as well as animals that need it) should have the right to sleep in comfortable, warm/cool bedding areas. All humans should also have the right to practice meditation, yoga, relaxation exercises and hypnosis, if they want to/feel they should.
May 4, 2018 Rob Dexter
Apr 28, 2018 Kaley Bill
Apr 26, 2018 Barbara Winski
Apr 22, 2018 Ms. Jocelyn Valdez-Loqui
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 SUSAN BAILEY
Apr 14, 2018 Marlena Lovewell
Apr 13, 2018 Kristi Weber
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 6, 2018 Sheila Parks
Apr 6, 2018 thomas friedman
Apr 6, 2018 Shelley Dorgan
Mar 30, 2018 Carole Kubik
Mar 30, 2018 Robert Furem
Mar 25, 2018 Donna Delin
Mar 25, 2018 Sandra Bigart
Mar 24, 2018 Rose Ash
Mar 14, 2018 K Cherry
Mar 11, 2018 Bennie Davis
Mar 5, 2018 Jennifer Rhoads
Mar 5, 2018 Joanne Hart
Mar 3, 2018 DIANE FLETCHER
Feb 27, 2018 carol ozouf
Feb 24, 2018 Randall Bong

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