WHAT HAS SLEEP GOT TO DO WITH OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH?
Poor sleep quality, short sleep duration and sleep apnea independently increase the risk of chronic diseases that can lead to increases in:
- Healthcare costs.
- Cognitive reaction times.
- Failures and reduced efficiency.
- Accidents and injuries.
It is necessary from health, safety and financial perspectives to include regular sleep quality assessments of employees for their benefit and for the financial health of the employer.
For some industries fatigue may be regulated, especially for shift workers and employees who perform high risk jobs or are responsible for the lives of others. In such situations there is no better way to plan and manage fatigue risk than having an objective measure of sleep quality and sleep duration.
For all other employment situations, it is just as important to support health and happiness in the workplace. An investment in sleep evaluation and management is a sound financial decision that does not have to be complicated or expensive to integrate.
An objective measure of sleep quality and duration, as well as successful management of sleep quality and sleep disorders is a sound investment.
Productivity losses cause over 1.2m lost workdays annually, costing on average nearly $2,000 per employee per year making it easy to evaluate the cost / benefit ratio of implementing an ongoing assessment of sleep to improve employee health and happiness.