The impact of sleep loss on employees
A good night’s sleep is the best way to recover after a hard day's work, but sleep is not just for rest and recovery, it essential for maintaining cognitive skills such as communication, creativity and memory, and managing stress. Sleep is key to both our physical and mental health, not getting enough has a profound impact on our ability to function. Lack of sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, and makes us more vulnerable to infection and tiredness. It can also increase the risk of accident or injury.
Common signs at work of lack of sleep include a general deterioration in performance, poor concentration or memory, poor mood and greater risk taking. In the UK 200,000 working days are lost each year due to insufficient sleep, with one in three people also being affected by insomnia. The annual cost of this sleep loss in the UK is estimated at £40 billion.
The sleep loss epidemic is affecting a large proportion of us, meaning the loss of key staff due to illness, or being unable to perform to the best of their ability due to fatigue. Our corporate wellness boxes help your employees with sleep and recovery.