Benefits Magazine Feature: Sleep – A Rising Star in Well-Being

The following is a summary of an article featuring FusionHealth Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Durmer published in the October edition of Benefits Magazine.

Many U.S. companies have been increasing their knowledge about their employees sleep and well-being. For many of these U.S. companies, there has been a rise in implementing solutions to help combat increasing healthcare costs and accident and error rates. While there are numerous options companies can adopt to improve these issues, there is one element that underlines and helps to address many of these issues at once: Sleep. Research has shown that sleep and recovery directly correlate to one another. Sleep not only acts as a recovery mechanism to reduce the prevalence of disease and chronic conditions, but also helps individuals be more productive and focused.

As it turns out, over the last few decades, Americans have been averaging less and less sleep on a daily basis. In fact, people are sleeping around 6.8 hours today compared to about 8 hours in the 1940s. Based off research between sleep and recovery time, we found the human body is negatively impacted by a lack of sleep. Therefore, in terms of sleep and well-being, it is no surprise that there has been a rise in the prevalence of chronic diseases like hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and obesity as the amount of sleep goes down. This further correlates to the increase in annual healthcare spend many companies are experiencing. What’s more, fatigued employees are almost 50% less productive than their well-rested counterparts. So, how can companies improve sleep and well-being of employees?

In order to combat these rising costs and problems, many companies are taking action by implementing wellness programs that aim to improve employee health, sleep, and well-being. With the knowledge and research around how sleep impacts a person’s ability to recover and perform, more businesses are beginning to add sleep solutions into existing wellness programs to improve key health metrics and reinforce the effectiveness of their existing investments. The reality is that everyone benefits from these improvements, thus, sleep and recovery time truly do impact one another. This is not only true for commercial drivers and factory workers, but also for corporate CEOs and administrators. Each professional relies on healthy sleep to make good decisions and be productive in their roles. “Sleep is essential to health,” states former CIO.com writer James A. Martin, and companies that integrate sleep and well-being management into their current programs are more likely to experience direct health and productivity benefits.

Learn More

To learn more about how managing sleep can be one of the most effective strategies for supporting short and long-term well-being, read the complete article from Benefits Magazine available as a download below and join sleep expert, Dr. Jeffrey Durmer and Katie Kirkland, Health & Wellness Strategy Manager of Southern Company for a live webinar on Thursday, November 3rd at 2PM EST as they discuss Why Rest IS The New Revolution in Business. Registration is available at: https://www.fusionhealth.com//webinar

Sources:
D. Leger et al., “Impact of sleep apnea on economics,” Sleep Medicine Reviews 2010.

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