Employers encouraged to ‘wake up’ to the importance of healthy sleep for employees.

Here at The Insomnia Clinic we are thrilled that finally sleep is getting the attention it deserves when it comes to employers’ strategies to help employees to look after their mental and physical health.

In a bid to get employers to ‘wake up’ and recognise how important sleep is for a productive and healthy workforce, Business in the Community in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) have produced the first ever sleep and recovery toolkit. The toolkit offers insight and advice on addressing the increasingly damaging sleep-loss epidemic affecting the nation.

Key facts:
▪ The annual cost of sleep loss to the UK is £30 billion
▪ 200,000 working days lost in the UK each year due to insufficient sleep
▪ 1 in 3 people in the UK are affected by insomnia

By working in partnership with employees, employers are being advised to start taking a preventative approach to reducing issues around sleep as long-term poor quality sleep and/or insomnia can impact on productivity at work and have a significant negative impact on general health.

The Sainsbury’s Living Well Index shows that better sleep is the biggest single contributor to living better and that a good night’s sleep was more valuable than a 50% salary increase.
Despite so much evidence to show that we need to put sleep at the forefront of employee wellbeing solutions there is still a stigma to discussing it due to employers fearing they are crossing the line between work and peoples’ personal lives.

There is a huge business case for promoting sufficient high-quality sleep yet so often sleep is neglected when employers are looking at how to support wellbeing. The toolkit is useful for helping employers to understand why they need to focus on sleep however it still leaves them a little short in terms of who can provide this support and what is the correct advice to be giving out.

How we can help.

Here at The Insomnia Clinic we work with companies to help them get the evidence based interventions they require in order to support staff. There is so much conflicting advice online and much of the information consists of old wives’ tales or various lotions and potions which are aimed at people who are desperate to sleep well and will pay anything to do so. The only approach which is recommended by the NHS to improve poor sleep is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBT-i). Research shows that CBT-i is as effective as sleeping pills with the added bonus of being a long term solution rather than a short term one.
We offer workshops/seminars and one to one sleep clinics which focus on helping people to understand what we need to sleep well, what is maintaining our poor sleep and the proven strategies and techniques to make improvement straight away. Get in touch with us and we can help you to develop a strategy that will suit the needs of your company.