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Rachel Matthews The cost of sleepless nights

A recent study shows that as many as one in five workers are sleep deprived, and those who sleep poorly are 54% more likely to experience increased stress levels at work.

We often find that sleep is one symptom of an overall lack of resilience and using a range of techniques to improve your overall resilience will have the knock on effect of improving sleep. Often, when people try to improve their sleep quality they are focusing on the symptom not the cause. Having a more rounded look at their overall lifestyle is more likely to help in the long run.Sleep

The report, by GCC Insights, shows how as many as 93% of poor sleepers display workplace fatigue and that the cost of poor sleep habits amongst employees has been grossly underestimated.

Our previous infographic showed how 21 million people in the UK suffer from insomnia and the effects this can have on a workplace environment.

Luckily, organisations are waking up to this (excuse the pun) and are starting to recognise sleep as a priority instead of a luxury. The importance of resilience has been highlighted over the past twelve months and can be described as “the ability to recover or rebalance from change or stressful situations and be better than before”. Sleep is an essential element of resilience.

Without a good night’s sleep, people will find themselves fatigued and less productive than usual, and when this happens on a regular basis this can result in:

  • Accidents at work and home
  • Missed deadlines
  • Mistakes and reduced quality of work
  • Increased stress levels and mental health issues
  • Unsavoury moods, putting strain on relationships
  • Absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Poor physical health

Over half of the population admit to having average or poor sleep patterns and these people are 140% more likely to experience lower than average productivity compared to those with above average sleep quality.

These people are also 54% more likely to experience higher than average stress at work than those with average or above average sleep quality.

This shows the importance of a healthy sleep pattern and lifestyle, and as an employer it is vital to encourage this behaviour in your people.

If you have noticed a lack in productivity, an increase in stress levels or deadlines being regularly missed, it might be time to look at the resilience of your staff. Contact us now to see how our resilience programme can help.

Rachel Matthews

Rachel Matthews, Social Media Marketing Manager

In my blogs I will look at industry constraints and issues and problems that employees face in their day-to-day work lives.


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