According to the Sleep Council, a good night’s sleep boosts employee wellbeing. The organisation claims that getting enough sleep can have a definite impact on workplace health. The Sleep Council also suggests that stress is a ‘sleep inhibitor’ because it prevents the brain from shutting down ‘awake mode’ and entering ‘sleep mode’.
The US Centre for Disease Control takes this argument a step further. It claims that sleep deprivation is becoming a ‘public health epidemic’. This is backed up by figures from the University of Warwick, which suggest that 20% of people in the developed world suffer from sleep problems.
The effect of sleeplessness on health in the workplace
Lack of sleep can have a significant impact on workplace health and performance, particularly for safety-critical workers and those who work shifts. UK-focused statistics from the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University suggest that:
- Approximately 75% of Brits wake up feeling fatigued each day
- 60% of people do not wind down regularly
- 42% of people sleep badly some or most nights
- 40% cut back on sleep so that they can use the time for more ‘important’ or ‘interesting’ activities
- 33% of Brits complain about sleep when they visit their GP
- 25% of people have taken days off work due to lack of sleep
How Medigold can help to promote workplace health
At Medigold, we understand that problems with sleep can lead to illness and sickness absence, which can really cost employers. We offer employees advice on wellbeing and particularly on sleep. We can also carry out regular health surveillance to spot the early signs of sleep-related stress and sickness. Our goal is to ensure that workers are not absent from work due to tiredness or bad health.