Sleep is the foundation of good health. Even when we intend on having the perfect morning, a restless night’s sleep can make our next day feel more like a nightmare. Wake up call: the idea that we have to get more done and that sleep is not a necessity is a delusional daydream.
According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million U.S. adults experience some type of sleep loss or sleep disorder, insomnia being the most common. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has declared insufficient sleep a “public health problem.”
Sleep deprivation has been associated with poor cognitive functioning, decreased immunity and a shorter attention span. It has also directly been linked to diabetes, obesity and heart disease, including hypertension and heart failure. It’s become evident that sleepiness is not just bad for everyone’s health but also terrible for business.
This year, the RAND Corporation published a seminal report; the researchers consulted national business reports and peer-reviewed sleep data from five different countries to predict the economic effects of sleeplessness. Here’s what they found:
Using a non-pharmacological-first team-based approach is imperative to optimizing your sleep hygiene. Catching more “Zzz’s” can be more than just a distant dream. Want to help your employees sleep better and turn it into their reality? Here are my top 10 nighttime routines to share with your workforce:
Try these and you might just get the sleep you’ve always dreamed of! Dream on…