In the U.S. alone, the sickest 1% of the population has two or more chronic diseases and is responsible for approximately 23% of total healthcare expenditures, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For benefits managers and their companies, the rising costs of claims related to chronic disease represents an ever-growing challenge. Conditions such as Hypertension, Obesity, and Type II Diabetes are on the rise and improving the health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce is a top priority.
The Importance of Sleep
Directly related to this challenge, but often overlooked, is the importance of sleep health and recovery. Research shows that poor sleep negatively impacts a person’s physical and mental abilities, and the less healthy sleep one gets, the more inclined he or she is to develop a chronic disease. In the following video, sleep health expert Dr. Jeffrey Durmer illustrates his research on sleep deprivation and the direct connection on how poor sleep impacts chronic disease:
Companies that empower their associates to overcome sleep conditions experience positive improvements across a variety of cost, productivity and well-being indicators. In fact, FusionHealth clients currently report a reduction in healthcare costs by up to 23%.