Regular Sleep and Your Company’s Bottom Line

How Common is Irregular Sleep Anyway?

Regular Sleep Is the Bottom Line

Workplace Issues Due to Insufficient Sleep

  • Increased mortality
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Psychosocial stress
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Productivity loss

What HR Can Do to Support Better Regular Sleep Patterns

  • Help staff evaluate their sleep habits. This could be executed through a survey or by the use of simple sleep devices. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is apt to have good suggestions.
  • Offer a short educational workshop on the importance of sleep and how to create a healthy regular sleep schedule.
  • Develop a site on your intranet with sleep-related resources (information, referrals, guided meditations, etc).
  • Survey sleep related issues within your company, organization or institution. Establish a baseline and monitor progress. Use the data to design future interventions and policies.
  • Alter the communication norms and policies of your workplace to exclude obligatory work emails, texts and calls after regular work hours or at least after 7:00pm.
  • Where possible allow staff to telecommute, especially when someone is under a tight deadline and working exceptionally long hours. Eliminating the commute can save some workers two or more hours.
  • Offer additional assistance where needed through your benefits or staff development program.

Three Simple Ways to Promote More Regular Sleep

  1. Go to sleep at the same time every night, including the weekends.
  2. Wake up at the same time every day, including the weekends.
  3. Create good pre-bedtime routine. To keep this simple. Do the following:
  • Get enough sleep (seven to nine hours), and avoid taking long catch-up naps during the day.
  • Avoid stimulants (coffee, most soft drinks, etc) in the evening.
  • If over 30, consider drinking less alcohol in evening. That includes wine and beer. Sorry, but tolerance does change with age.
  • Cut out screen viewing at least 30 minutes before your scheduled bedtime.

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Patricia Bonnard

Patricia Bonnard

Integrated Coach and Energy Healer, Writer, Speaker, Teacher