How to speak up about the need to take breaks at work How can workers learn to speak up about the importance of taking breaks to mitigate tiredness? Graded Assertiveness offers one approach. NapNow asks health services improvement coach Jane Stanfield, how we can apply it in the office. Imagine you’ve been working on an…

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By Megan Hills There’s something rather surprising about burnout and napping. Any guesses? I could slowly roll out the red carpet and drum-roll the answer. But I’m too tired. So here it is: when you have burnout you can’t sleep. Also, when burnt out, you tend to make wild generalisations. Obviously you get SOME sleep,…

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Professor Drew Dawson is Director of the Appleton Institute, CQU, – one of the largest behavioural sleep research groups in Australia. Dawson has worked extensively with Australian companies and government agencies in the design, implementation and evaluation of fatigue management systems in a range of industries including aviation, manufacturing, retail, entertainment, transportation and mining sectors.…

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In 2009 a UK National Siesta Day was cancelled due to reports of research showing that napping causes diabetes. Was this an unfortunate knee-jerk reaction to really bad media reporting, blurring the distinction between cause and association? Or is, in fact, the humble nap a dangerous practice when it comes to our health? NapNow sought…

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Have you ever had the sneaking suspicion that you might be over-relying on caffeine, chocolate or sugar to get you through the afternoon slump? You realise that while these things might taste or feel great initially, they can leave you with the strange sensation of being wired and tired, only to ‘dump’ you later on.…

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Imagine working for 15 to 16 hours straight, in life-threatening conditions for days in a row while only clocking up four to five hours sleep each night. Extreme exhaustion: that’s how firefighters describe their state when working in such conditions, according to PhD student Grace Vincent of Deakin University. In principle, fire-fighter’s shifts are limited…

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Dr Sarah Blunden, Senior Research Fellow, Appleton Institute. Adolescence can be a difficult time for a range of reasons. Sleep is one of them. In fact, adequate sleep is a critical factor in adolescent health and wellbeing. It’s essential for: attention, concentration and learning control of behaviour, with insufficient sleep leading to irritability, aggression, hyperactivity &…

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