How Important is Sleep for Your Employees?

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While it doesn’t generally take place within the workplace, sleep is an important aspect of your overall wellbeing. A good night’s sleep can get your employees up and moving with increased productivity whereas a poorly rested employee may have trouble focusing and can further impact their health with overcaffeinated/sugary energy drinks. So how many hours a day should we all be sleeping? Well, that depends on your age. An infographic by the national sleep foundation states that the recommended hours of sleep are: 65+ years old (7-8 hours), 18-64 years old (7-9 hours), and 14-17 years old (8-10 hours). As an employer, how many hours an employee sleeps can feel out of your hands, but here are a few things you can do to promote good sleep:

1. Offer Flexible Hours

If possible, offer your employees the option as to when they would like to come in and work rather than forcing them upon the typical 9-5 hours. A good way to do this is to require employees be available for the core hours (depending on your business, for example 10am-2pm) but vary their start and end times. This will give employees more time to manage their personal needs and allow those that aren’t morning people a later start time for more sleep.

2. Consider Telecommuting

Working remotely can save your employees valuable time that they would have otherwise spent in the drive to work. Many commuters drive to work is anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour. This time could be spent getting in some extra sleep before starting their day. If this is a new concept to you, consider offering one telecommute day a week before offering more.

3. Hire Temps During Peak Season

Some times of the year are expectedly much busier than others. These times of the years can cause added workloads leading to higher stress and overworked/tired employees. Hiring temporary employees during these peak time periods can help workers manage their stress and workloads to continue their healthy sleep habits.

4. Offer Educational Materials

Provide educational materials to your employees emphasizing how important healthy sleep habits are. You can hang these around the break-room and/or email them out to help everyone realize the importance of sleep towards their overall wellbeing.