Are you one of the many who feel so tired you want to nap at your desk? Or have you called in sick because you can’t face the day after too many nights of poor or broken sleep?
If so, you’re not alone. In fact, around 200,000 working days are lost each year due to employees not getting enough sleep, costing the UK economy £30 billion.
Which is why Business in the Community and Public Health England have joined forces to launch a new employers toolkit to help employees get a better night’s sleep and boost productivity.
The first Sleep and Recovery toolkit – available to download here – encourages employers to create the right sleep culture in the workplace – everything from providing access to natural light, introducing flexitime and avoiding/reducing the frequency of work or emails done outside working hours.
We were delighted to be involved with the project as we are fully aware of how lack of sleep affects cognitive ability, memory and concentration. Not only that but long term sleep deprivation is linked to numerous physical health and mental health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s.
Responding to today’s busy lifestyles we’re all very eager to believe that sleeping one hour less with give us one more hour of productivity but in reality, it’s likely to have the opposite effect. While people do need to take responsibility for their sleep, it’s great to see that employers are beginning to acknowledge how sleep deprivation impacts on work and an employee’s health and wellbeing.
The toolkit also provides steps for tackling sleep deprivation before it becomes a problem. Did you know it takes around three months for a niggling sleep issue to become a sleep disturbance and a further three months before it becomes a sleep problem/disorder?
Make 2018 the year you encourage better sleep – whether that’s your own sleep, a colleague’s sleep or even your employees’ sleep.