Sleep deprivation is a serious workplace issue and becomes even more of a concern if employees are doing things like operating vehicles, working with heavy machinery or providing medical care.

Recent research has found evidence that sleep isn’t just a “nice to have,” as was once believed, but that it’s key for a properly functioning nervous system – and that going without it for too long could even result in serious neuron damage. Sleep deprived employees reported:

  1. 23% reduced concentration
  2. 18% reduced memory
  3. 10% difficulty with financial decisions
  4. With an annual productivity loss of around $2000 per employee annually

Sleep deprived employees are also at a significantly higher risk of developing many other health conditions including hypertension, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Employers should:

  1. Help employees understand the importance of getting enough sleep
  2. Highlight the risks associated with sleep deprivation
  3. Offer tips and suggestions for falling and staying asleep
  4. Encourage employees to log their nightly sleep to see how many hours they’re getting
  5. Support them in tracking healthy bedtime behaviours – like winding down and going to bed at the same time each night – so they can spot habits that may be de-railing their sleep