Lala Kamnandi (Good Night)

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We say “Lala Kamnandi” to each other.

Why do we have this habit in most cultures? It’s because sleep is important – to rejuvenate our spirits and recharge our batteries. Without proper sleep, we end up fatigued, frustrated and exhausted. 

This is a real risk in safety

When driving a vehicle or operating a critical machine, we have to be fully awake and alert all the time. Taking our eyes off the road (or ball) for even a few seconds can spell disaster. 

Apart from the safety issues, sleep also has a direct influence on our health. So often when people are asked “How are you?”, the reply is “Tired”, or they complain about back pain. 

Most of us spend 25%-35% of each day sleeping. So does it not stand to reason that we should take care of how and where we sleep? “How you make your bed, that’s how you will lie” is an old saying which holds very true. Just look at a dog settling down to sleep.     🙂

Many people will pay a fortune for their multi-media centers and lounge suites. … Hmmm. … Actually, for some, the investment in a TV couch makes good sense, since they spend many hours watching TV.     😉

Seriously though, we should rather spend more money on our beds and mattresses so that we can get a great night’s sleep, every night. 

One  area, where sleep deprivation and fatigue is a major cause of fatalities, is our roads. Many people get killed because of “losing control” = dozing off and closing their eyes for a few seconds. This was also mentioned by Minister Ndebele as one of the reasons why SA ranks third highest in road deaths globally. If you or your employees spend alot of time on the road, it might be worth investing in a fatigue warning system, like this nifty device – a Driver State Sensor (DSS) by BOOYCO

ACTION: Take a good look at your bed. If the mattress is older than 5 years, you should consider replacing it. The technology of beds and mattresses has evolved alot in the last few years, so make an investment in your sleep and health. Also make sure that you get enough rest each night, and “vuka vusa” (wake up, rise up) refreshed, every morning.

 Be safe – the SIMPLY SMART way,

Jürgen

ps. Ask me about my ROAD SAFETY COOL TOOL™ TOOLBOX TALKS – a 5 CD set. 

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