Why Stimulant Drugs Can’t Substitute for Sleep

In order to ensure workplace safety, it’s essential that every employee be fully rested, rather than fatigued. Unfortunately, all too many people attempt to compensate for lack of sleep by use of stimulant drugs such as caffeine, Ritalin, or Adderall. While these stimulants may make an individual more alert, they are not a genuine substitute for a full night’s sleep. Here’s what you need to know:

Stimulants can cause adverse physical effects.

Using stimulants, in many cases, can cause a person to feel sick. Common symptoms include nausea, severe headaches, diarrhea, and back pain. If a person experiences these symptoms while operating heavy machinery or driving a work vehicle, it can easily result in an accident. That’s why these substances should always be avoided prior to potentially hazardous jobs.

Stimulants can make it harder to concentrate.

While they may help to keep a person awake, stimulants can also result in making someone jittery, irritable, or even dizzy. They can also contribute to continued sleeplessness and an altered sleep schedule, which can lead to daytime drowsiness and extreme difficulty concentrating. If a person is not fully focused on their work, a deadly accident can ensue.

Stimulants can be harmful to your health.

While stimulants are not necessarily inherently harmful—and may even be prescribed to treat certain health conditions, such as sleep apnea—it’s important to understand that they can be abused, just like any other drug. If stimulants are used in excess, they can have a negative effect on an individual’s health. Overuse of stimulants has been linked to hypertension, or high blood pressure. If an employee is misusing stimulants, the results can be dangerous.

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