According to the NHS, 1 in 3 people in the general population suffer from sleep problems, which can be as a result of excessive stress, unhealthy lifestyle, working patterns, a change in a daily routine, certain medications or some medical conditions. Although anyone can experience sleep problems, getting the right amount of sleep is especially challenging in shift based work and in safety-critical industries.
We are aiming to raise awareness and encourage wider discussions about sleep deprivation and its impact at work and across society. Sleep deprivation and poor quality of sleep is a huge organisational risk, as it affects employees’ health and wellbeing which can lead to:
Therefore, it’s important that employers take a positive, preventative and pro-active approach to support and promote employees’ sleep and recovery in the workplace. As an employer you could consider implementing one of the following strategies:
Sleep and recovery: a toolkit for employers, published by Business in the Community in association with Public Health England, can provide you with further information and advice on how you can help employees to maintain healthy sleep patterns and recover after a period of sleep deprivation.
At Corazon Health, through our partner services, we can offer sleep health self-assessment for employees that will provide them with useful information and insight on how they can improve their sleep. We can also supply you with a composite report of results which will allow you to understand the extent, impact and causes of tiredness and fatigue in your staff.
We can also organise online training sessions that will help your employees to understand the importance of sleep and how it can affect their wellbeing. The training will also provide them with useful tips for better sleep and treatment pathways.
Moreover, on our website you can find a guide for people who suffer from sleep problems that has some useful tips and advice on how to improve the quality of sleep.
To find out more about sleep health self-assessment for employees and online training sessions, please get in touch with us.