Studies say that humans spend an average of 1/3rd of their lives sleeping, yet sleep is one of the least considered health concerns.
Lack of sleep has been directly associated with many health issues like heart diseases, diabetes, inflammation, stress, anxiety, obesity, and more. Also, sleep disorders like insomnia or sleep apnea take a huge toll on physical and mental wellness, thus, affecting employee health, performance, and organizational productivity. Apart from causing serious health issues, sleep deprivation is also linked with frequent fatigue, lack of concentration, road accidents, decreased performance at work, and other concerns.
Why Lack Of Sleep Is A Concern?
Also, sleep has been linked with a person’s sensitivity to pain. People who lack sleep are more sensitive to pain with less endurance, whereas people who get a regular 7 – 9 hours of sleep every day are more enduring towards pain.
Another major factor was stress – people who slept for just 4 – 5 hours a day were prone to more stress and anxiety, compared to people who slept well for 7 hours or more.
A RAND Corporation study showed that US companies lose almost $400 billion of organizational productivity due to employees who are deprived of sleep or have sleep-related health issues.
Furthermore, 92% of the employers in the US said that sleep deprivation was one of the major reasons that affect their employee health, performance, increased absenteeism, and impact the overall ROI of the company.
In order to avoid such concerns due to lack of sleep, many organizations have started including sleep management plans in corporate wellness programs to help their employees get better sleep, improve their lifestyle habits, and lead a life of holistic wellness.
How Can Workplace Wellness Programs Help?
Almost 20% of the companies offering workplace health and wellness programs have started incorporating wellness challenges and activities that help improve the sleep habits, lifestyle patterns, and other wellbeing aspects of the employees.
Here are a few tips for you to include in your wellness programs to improve sleeping habits in your employees –
- Assign wellness challenges that urge the employees to sleep for 7 – 9 hours every day.
- Hold talks and sessions emphasizing the need to sleep well, maintaining a regular circadian rhythm, and a proper sleep-wake routine.
- Avoid any work meetings or working beyond scheduled office hours.
- If your company budget permits, design a small space that lets employees get a small nap in between work if needed.
- Create awareness about food and lifestyle habits that affect sleep, like – smoking before bedtime, consuming caffeine, and medications that hinder sleep.
- Include challenges with enough physical activity to tire them out, which makes them sleep well at night.
- Ensure they make dietary changes to include melatonin-rich foods like seeds, nuts, cherries, oats, barley, tomatoes, etc., to induce sleep.
- Educate about the importance of aromatherapy and the sleep-inducing essential oils like Lavender, Valerian root, Geranium, etc., along with acupressure and massage therapies.
At Wellness360, we throw the spotlight on various wellness factors including food, exercise, mental wellbeing, financial wellness, stress management, better sleep, and more, to improve employee health, build a culture of work, promote employee engagement, reduce absenteeism rate, decrease healthcare costs, boost employee productivity, and business ROI.