Sleepability In The Workplace

Does insomnia really affect your organisation?
In 2017, researchers predicted that by 2020, sleeplessness would cost the UK economy £58bn. Two years prior to Covid, Mintel reported that the UK's sleeplessness was at epidemic levels, with at least 50% affected by insomnia and seeking natural alternatives for their sleep problems.

As the impact of Covid-19 unfolds, insomnia will be exacerbated, impacting your employee's health, wellbeing, performance and productivity. There is a direct link with serious physical and mental health problems, even fatalities.

Work with Sleepability now and help your People to sleep naturally.

The bottom line for organisations is - sleep really does matter.
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The effect of insomnia on your employees

Sleep problems affect people on just about every level and may present at work in many ways: stress, fatigue, sickness, absenteeism, reduced performance/productivity and mood changes.  Poor sleep habits are likely to have developed during furlough or while working from home, and, with the return to the workplace underway, the toll of insomnia may soon become  more apparent to organisations.

People may be unaware of the effects that poor sleep has on themselves and their performance and, even if they do, they may feel uneasy talking to Managers about this.  With a growing awareness of the impact of lockdown on mental health – there is a direct link between sleep deprivation, mental health and stress – perhaps a reassuring message to employees might be, ‘it’s okay not to be okay’, and provide the space for an open conversation.

That conversation often follows a Sleepability in the Workplace workshop, during which your People get the opportunity to consider the impact of insomnia – and conversely – healthy sleep – on their wellbeing and performance, and the opportunity to work with me on a 1:1 basis to resolve any problems. Why not consider a wholistic solution to help your teams achieve healthy sleep, naturally? The research confirms that’s good news for your organisation.

Set up a FREE 30 minute SleepTalk to find out how Sleepability can help your People and, in turn, help your business.   

Invest in their rest.  Because sleep matters.

What is causing your team’s lack of sleep?

As the impact of the global pandemic continues to unfold, it is not surprising to learn that The Sleep Foundation reports it has seen an increase in stress levels, the highest since the survey was launched in 2007.   While this survey links external factors with performance, it demonstrates the fundamental changes in the workplace itself, work routines, how we communicate with one another, as well as job security, are the main causes of stress.  As such, organisations have a responsibility to their People to help manage these changes and return to the workplace as we emerge from the lockdown. 

We spend a large proportion of our lives working and so the cumulative effects of work-related stress can be a significant factor in the development of poor sleep habits.  But how do you know if your team are experiencing pressure, or stress?  Reasonable pressure helps motivate employees to be productive and meet deadlines, but continued or unreasonable levels of pressure can result in stress and all its health effects (raised blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, sleeplessness, mental health problems) which have serious implications on the health of your employees.  Researchers have confirmed the main causes of workplace stress are job security, bullying, harassment, management styles, effort/reward discrepancies and a poor work environment.  To learn more, you can download the CIPD guide ‘Stress in the Workplace here

NB: The Health and Safety Executive recommend regular risk assessments to monitor stress levels in the workplace and places an obligation on employers to assess and implement stress management interventions.  HSE fines for health and safety offences that were prosecuted amounted to £54.5 million in 2018/19.  You can see the HSE Summary Statistics Paper here.  

Sleep problems for women in the workplace

In 2017, Mintel reported that menopausal problems topped the list as the major cause of sleep deprivation.  The following year, the CIPD shared research which states that 1:4 women considered leaving work because of the impact of menopausal symptoms.  The CIPD also reported that very few organisations surveyed had anything resembling a Menopause Policy which, given that middle-aged women are the fastest-growing workforce demographic, presents a huge opportunity to better support women at work. I am glad to see that this is changing.  Employers need to be aware of the toll that menopause takes on women and their performance.  The most troublesome symptoms are insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, memory loss, and lack of confidence in what they once did well.  An awareness of the challenges for this core group  of your organisation will help companies to support and retain key team members.  Learn more about how the Sleepability Workshops and SleepWell packages can extend a vital lifeline to your women in the workplace.  Contact me for more information.

Night Shift Workers

We are wired to sleep at night.  Did you know that the body experiences insomnia as trauma, and produces stress hormones, which prevent sleep!? Meet the Catch-22 experienced by night shift workers. Working through the night is puts the body is in regular conflict with the sleep-wake cycle, the experience of which is akin to chronic jet lag.  Just as the body begins to receive messages to prepare for sleep, via production of the sleep hormone, Melatonin, night shift workers need to be at their most alert. 

The contribution of night and shift workers to society and the global 24/7 economy is immense.  Our 24/7 global society has grown to expect round-the-clock service, to include doctors, nurses, factory workers, retailers and their logistical teams, professionals and their administrative teams, to provide seamless service.  A recent poll states that 63% of shift workers say they suffer from a lack of sleep.  A worrying outcome of regular night work is an increased risk of cancer.  In 2019, researchers concluded that night shift workers as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ and their advice is to establish regular sleep habits to negate the impact of challenging work schedules. 

An awareness of the impact of sleep on this special group of employees can help organisations ensure that their welfare at work is fully integrated into Employee Health & Wellbeing programmes.

Changing attitudes to sleep

While many organisations have implemented stress management policies and flexible working patterns, researchers report that within some organisations there exists an unhelpful attitude to sleep that, seemingly, getting the job done to meet deadlines is more important than the actual hours worked, even if completed outside of contractual core hours. 

Sleep researchers recommend that a culture change around sleep to actively discourage employees from working outside of their agreed hours is vital, not only from a health and safety viewpoint, but also as a public health priority.

A common approach is that organisations engage Sleep Hygiene Consultants who provide practical tips to help employees get a good night’s sleep.  You can read more about sleep hygiene tips in my blog.  However, while sleep hygiene measures can help set the scene for improved sleep, recent research has confirmed that sleep hygiene alone may not be sufficient to resolve many sleep problems.  This is where Sleepability can help, with expert case-taking skills and the use of proven natural remedies to unlock a more chronic or complex case of sleep disruption and restoring healthy sleep.  

What is different about Sleepability?

I work with your People on a confidential 1:1 basis, creating a safe space for individuals to share their story, identifying potential underlying causes for sleep problems and helping to improve sleep, naturally.  My unique SleepWell packages provide safe, non-addictive and proven natural remedies which gently helps individuals to address the causes of their insomnia and provide techniques to help maintain healthy sleep, resulting in a longer term solution for sleeplessness.

In 2017, Mintel reported that nearly 50% of respondents are already looking for natural alternatives for sleep problems and self-prescribing, and although natural remedies are safe to self-prescribe, healthy sleep will be achieved far quicker by working with a qualified and experienced natural sleep expert. I am confident that your sleep hungry, fatigued People would welcome the opportunity to learn how to restore their sleep naturally.  My Roots & Branch approach gently addresses the underlying causes of insomnia to bring a longer term solution to sleeplessness. 

Why not take steps today to work towards becoming a sleep-friendly organisation?  By integrating Sleepability in the Workplace workshops and the SleepWell packages into your organisation’s Employee Health and Wellbeing programme, you will enable employees to benefit from confidential expert help and bespoke sleep remedies. 

Contact me today and help your team to sleep naturally.   

Invest in their rest.  Because sleep matters.

Working with Sleepability

Step 1

Your HR/People team join a FREE 30 minute SleepTalk call to discuss how Sleepability can be incorporated into your organisation’s Employee Health & Wellbeing Programme

Step 2

Invite your People to join  Sleepability in the Workplace Workshop  (30 minutes + Q&A).

In this interactive workshop, your teams will learn about  some of the science behind sleep, how poor sleep affects their health and wellbeing and the unique Sleepability approach to resolving insomnia.

Expert practical and natural remedy tips to help delegates adopt new habits and start to improve their sleep. 

Delegates have the opportunity to purchase discounted SleepWell packages.

Step 3

Employees engage in self-funded SleepWell packages.

Expert case taking, stress management, nutrition overview & natural remedies to keep your People sleeping well.

Result: in 2-3 months employees sleeping better, improved health and wellbeing, are less stressed which all equates to improved engagement, productivity and reduced sickness / absenteeism.

Kalmbach et al, 2018: ‘The impact of stress on sleep: Pathogenic sleep reactivity as a vulnerability to insomnia and circadian disorders’ – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29797753/

 

Medrano-Martinez & Ramos-Platon, 2016: “Cognitive and emotional alterations in chronic insomnia” – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26860722/

CIPD, 2020: “Quarter of employees believe bullying and harassment are overlooked” – https://www.cipd.co.uk/about/media/press/bullying-harassment-overlooked

Linton, S, 2004: “Does work stress predict insomnia? A prospective study” –https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15125800/

Utsugi, M et al, 2005: “Relationships of Occupational Stress to Insomnia and Short Sleep in Japanese Workers” – https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article/28/6/728/2708025

 Hwan-Cheol, K et al, 2011: “Association Between Job Stress and Insomnia in Korean Workers” – https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/joh/advpub/0/advpub_10-0032-OA/_article/-char/ja/

The Mental Health Foundation, September 2020: “Stress and Insomnia” – The Sleep Foundation report that https://www.sleepfoundation.org/insomnia/stress-and-insomnia

Daniels, Patricia S, 2020: “National Geographic Special Publication – “Sleep: your brain, body, and a better night’s rest” ISBN 1536-6596

Health and Safety Executive Summary Statistics Paper 2019 

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