Top tips for employee sleep

Our latest research, ‘Employee Wellbeing Research 2018: How employers, CEOs and government are driving new agendas’ has found that sleep management is one of the fastest growing areas of wellbeing.

The research highlighted that the number of companies including sleep in their wellbeing strategy is currently 40% with nearly a quarter of respondents (22%) planning to add it to their strategy.  

There are many drivers for this. The lack of sleep experienced by UK workers costs the economy somewhere in the region of £40 billion a year, according to a report, ‘Why sleep matters – the economic costs of insufficient sleep,’  from research organisation, the RAND Corporation. Poor quality sleep will also affect an employee’s performance and could exacerbate stress.

RAND suggests that the proportion of people sleeping less than the recommended hours of sleep is rising due to lifestyle factors associated with a 24/7 society, such as excessive electronic media use, a lack of physical exercise and stress which can increase people’s alcohol consumption and smoking.

More companies are recognising they could do more to support their employees. This may involve addressing issues in the workplace such as stress, long working hours and employee work life balance, as well as offering guidance around how to develop good sleep habits.

Poor sleep can have a big impact on performance so including sleep management within workplace wellbeing strategies makes sense - businesses that do this are likely to benefit from a more productive and engaged workforce.

Here are our top tips to help your employees get a better night’s sleep:

1. Stick to a schedule when you can - go to bed at roughly the same time every day

2. Exercise regularly, moderate exercises such as swimming and walking can help relieve daily stresses and stains. Do make sure though that you don’t exercise too close to bedtime

3. Don’t have a big meal too close to bedtime and avoid too much alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.  Take a bath and have a cup of warm milk or camomile tea, renowned for its relaxing qualities, just before bed

4. Make sure your bed and bedroom is dark and quiet, and isn’t too warm. Ideally it should be kept at a temperature of between 18C and 24C. Leaving a window slightly open can be a good idea, if it’s not too noisy

5. Avoid watching TV and looking at mobile phones/tablets in the bedroom, especially just before you want to go to sleep. Remember to put your mobile phone on silent

6. Listen to a relaxation CD or do some relaxing exercises such as light yoga stretches

7. Writing a ‘to do’ list for the next day can help clear your mind and prevent you mulling over what you need to do tomorrow during the night

8. It can be useful to keep a sleep diary as it could uncover lifestyle habits that could be preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep

9. Avoid napping during the day, or limit your nap to 10-30 minutes taken in the mid-afternoon

10. If you can’t sleep, get up and do something relaxing until you feel tired again such as reading or listening to quiet music 

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To find out more about how you can look after your employees’ wellbeing, speak to a member of our team today on 0203 327 5700 or visit 

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