Healthy Sleep to Increase Productivity, Employee Engagement** and Workplace Safety
Healthy Sleep is by far the most neglected aspect of our health. Health is the most undeniable aspect of employee performance.
45% of Americans and Canadians report sleep problems. If we are not practicing good sleep hygiene we are jeopardizing our health and workplace productivity. From a corporate perspective, sleep deprivation in our workforce is a dangerous liability to workplace safety, is guaranteed to increase healthcare costs, and will negate all other employee engagement and performance efforts.
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As plan sponsors, we should be very concerned, sleep has direct consequences for the workplace, particularly in terms of safety, productivity and group benefits costs. Sleep is not a luxury. It’s a necessity, as vital as eating, drinking and exercise, sleep disorders exert a negative impact on people’s health and, if untreated, can lead to chronic illnesses such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression and obesity……It’s in our best interests to take a structured approach, including both prevention and intervention measures, to help employees sleep better………It’s clear that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is the best way to treat the condition in adults….This is a huge paradigm shift, doctors now recommend that patients enrol in a behavioural change program for sleep before taking medications.
Sleep deprivation ➠ chronic illness
Why is healthy sleep a necessity to health and human performance?
Sleep deprivation leads to higher risk of chronic health problems including:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- cognitive dysfunction
- accidental death
- memory Issues
- immune suppression
- metabolic syndrome
- hormonal dysfunction
- greater vulnerability to colds and flu
- premature aging
- alcohol use
According to Harvard Medical School, for people with hypertension, one night without enough sleep can cause elevated blood pressure all through the next day.
According to a British study, those who had cut their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night doubled their risk of death from all causes, particularly from cardiovascular disease.
Sleep is regulated by two body systems:
- sleep/wake homeostasis
- Our biological circadian clock
Sleep/wake Homeostasis: Alerts us that a need for sleep is accumulating and that it is time to sleep. It also helps us maintain enough sleep throughout the night to make up for the hours of being awake. With every waking hour there is a strengthening of the homeostatic sleep drive. Researchers believe this is a product of the demands of brain activity during wakefulness.
Circadian biological clocks: regulate the timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day. The circadian rhythm dips and rises at different times of the day. For most, the strongest sleep drive occurs between 2:00-4:00 am and in the afternoon between 1:00-3:00 pm, although there is variation depending on if a person is more of a “morning person” or “evening person.” We experience sleepiness during these circadian dips, but with sufficient sleep, the degree of sleepiness will be less intense.
Most people are unaware that their sleep is not a health sleep. Companies must take preventive measures to address the sleep health of their employees to increase productivity and engagement, reduce healthcare costs, and assure workplace safety. We need to proactively measure the quality sleep of our employees, and provide monitoring and feedback for those employees with sleep dysfunction. Healthy sleep is an investment in employee health and productivity as well as the company’s bottom line.
Assuring employees attain a healthy sleep is also a vital aspect of corporate responsibility. For many companies – such as construction, trucking, health care providers…
being proactive about sleep hygiene is a matter of public safety.
At Best in Corporate Health, we have a dedication to providing implementation & measurements for success for all of our corporate health programs. We have proudly introduced into our health risk assessments and coaching programs complete sleep analyses. We have teamed up with the leader in providing employees a health sleep. They have changed the way sleep healthcare is delivered utilizing multifaceted solutions.
The process has complete accessibility – providing employees the required flexibility
- 23% savings in overall healthcare spend
- 25% increase in workforce productivity
- 70% reduction in preventable accidents
- 40% reduction in defects.
Contact us to get your workforce on to healthy sleep.
** Employee Engagement vs. Talent Engagement:
With the advent of a new economy and workforce composition, we now have a talent market. Companies are surrounded by a cloud of talent, coming from multiple sources: Temp workers, freelancers, contract workers, suppliers, … All of these talent resources need to be engaged to help organizations to reach their objectives.
Your Corporate Health Risk Assessments provide the template for your wellness processes.
We look forward to customizing your employee wellness programs!
Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health
Employee Wellness Toronto, Ontario – But offered worldwide!
- Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
- Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
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Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise
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