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Insight of the Day: Why addressing sleep problems is game-changer for staff wellbeing


  • Sleep deprivation is a widespread issue in the UK, affecting 9 out of 10 people and costing the economy £40 billion annually in lost productivity.

  • Undiagnosed sleep disorders are prevalent, impacting employee well-being and performance.

  • Shift workers face a higher risk of fatigue-related errors, accidents, and various health conditions.

  • Addressing sleep problems can significantly improve employee well-being, productivity, and reduce sickness-related costs.

Key Takeaway:

Employers have a crucial role in addressing the sleep crisis by recognizing its impact on their workforce and implementing appropriate support measures.


There is a growing awareness of the importance of sleep for employee well-being and productivity, leading to increased investment in sleep programs and interventions.


  • Empowering HR and wellbeing staff to identify and address sleep problems is crucial.

  • Occupational health and workplace wellbeing professionals need adequate training and tools to effectively support employees with sleep issues.

  • Organizational changes, such as promoting healthy work habits and adjusting shift patterns, can contribute to improved sleep and overall well-being.

Implications for Brands:

  • Brands should prioritize employee well-being by investing in sleep programs and initiatives.

  • Partnering with sleep specialists can provide comprehensive support and resources.

  • Offering training and resources to occupational health and wellbeing staff can equip them to address sleep-related issues effectively.

  • Communicating the importance of sleep to employees and promoting healthy sleep habits can create a more productive and engaged workforce.

  • Prioritizing employee well-being can enhance brand reputation and attract top talent.


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