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While sleep plays a vital role in your health and well-being, many underestimate the importance of a good night’s rest. According to the Sleep Foundation, studies show that 45% of Americans lack sufficient quality sleep on a daily basis. As one of the most common sleep disorders in the United States, insomnia affects 1 in 3 adults at some point in their life. Without proper rest, your body will be at risk of increased tension, irritability, and overwhelming stress.

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Last fall, OSHA rolled out new regulations to address a worsening crisis in the labor world: silica exposure. The regulations were activated on September 23rd with full enforcement beginning a month later, constituting the first major shift in silica policy since 1971. The next six months saw a flood of citations as the date for full enforcement (Saturday, June 23rd) loomed. There’s also been time for the National Association of Home Builders to initiate dialogue with OSHA to clarify ambiguous language in the rules, and two weeks ago a grace period was announced during which it can be assessed if an employer is making good faith efforts toward compliance.

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With a little discipline and creativity, you should be able to use all the freedom and free time that come with working from home to not only become healthier, but also happier. At the end of the day, you get to decide how rewarding you want the whole experience to be.

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Work is progressing as usual. There is a very busy day ahead with at least one hundred things to do before it ends. The time is 0600, then 1600. Time flies by and the work activity correspondingly increases to meet commitments. Hands are on the current task, but the mind is elsewhere, perhaps on the long list of things to get accomplished or perhaps on the family plans that evening. Suddenly, the unthinkable happens. There it is: an almost. A near miss. 

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