The New Workplace Epidemic
Stress. Anxiety. Mood swings. Lack of focus. Depression. Forgetfulness. Weight gain. Impaired judgement.
What’s the hidden culprit behind all of these symptoms? Not enough shut-eye. Lack of sleep is quickly rising as one of the costliest health conditions an employer faces – not only through healthcare costs, but through productivity and absenteeism. It’s reported that businesses lose close to $63 billion in productivity each year due to sleepy workers. Not a huge surprise given that an estimated 60 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders.
Employers are starting to notice this epidemic and take action. Educating employees on appropriate sleep requirements and proper sleep hygiene play an important role in an employer-sponsored wellness program. Some have even gone so far as building out nap rooms that their sleepy employees can take advantage of throughout the day.
Don’t have the budget for nap rooms? Try out these other ideas and techniques to help your team get a good night’s sleep:
- Bring in sleep professionals to educate on sleep hygiene and help diagnose sleep conditions such as insomnia and other disorders.
- Implement flexible work schedules and/or telecommuting options.
- Roll out a sleep “challenge” to raise awareness on the number of hours of sleep employees are getting vs. needing.
- Encourage employees to take breaks throughout the workday.
- Provide proper nutrition education that aides in getting a better night’s sleep.
- Know where to direct at-risk employees should they need 1:1 guidance and support. The National Sleep Foundation’s directory of sleep professionals is a great resource.
And for yourself, check out www.sleep.org, powered by the National Sleep Foundation, for tips and resources on how you can feel better and start improving your sleep today.
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