We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is necessary. Not getting enough rest on a nightly basis can lead to a slew of problems, including lack of productivity at work. Fear not, for a new clinic devoted to sleep therapy can change your life!
Though the US has several sleep centers, Sleepyhead differs in a few ways. They recently opened their doors and is the first clinic of their kind in the UK. They specialize in sleep therapy for adults. So what makes them so different? They offer their services to corporate clients.
The center, which is headed by sleep physiologist Stephanie Romiszewski, recognizes that difficulty sleeping can impact your ability to be efficient at work. We here at The Methodology Blog fully agree. In fact, we have reported that many companies are allowing their employees to take naps at work as a way to boost productivity growth. But using the services of Sleepyhead before a problem presents in the workplace could nip the problem in the bud. Romiszewski explains:
“Sleep deprivation and poor sleep is detrimental when it comes to how we operate at work. It affects our decision-making, productivity, alertness and memory. Poor sleep can also be dangerous when it comes to the workplace. We have already experienced the terrible effects that this can have.”
This 2010 study from The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicinewould seem to support Romiszewski’s theory. The study finds a clear correlation between sleep and job performance.
The most obvious connection would be regarding on-the-job safety. The study shows that workers getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep per night showed higher instances of injury on the job and “slowed reaction times on a psychomotor vigilance test, divided attention, reduced memory recall, and decreased self-rated qualities of performance.” All of these factors put workers at a higher risk for on-the-job injury. This is particularly problematic in industrial, transportation, and health-care settings where lack of attention and poor reaction time can result in serious injury, or even death.
Of course, any injury or safety mishap in the workplace has a financial cost as well. When these sleep-induced errors occur, companies incur loss of product, downtime in equipment or machinery, and loss of work. The authors estimate that for every 4000 workers suffering from sleep disturbances, companies lose $13.2 million annually. And that’s just those who actually show up for work. Employers bear nearly $2000 per year additionally for workers whose sleep disturbances result in a higher degree of absenteeism.
So it’s not just heavy lifting or machine operating that poses a danger to businesses when employees are running on fumes due to lack of sleep. Office environments can suffer as well. Maybe in your drowsy state, you add an extra zero in a spreadsheet where it doesn’t belong, costing the company time and money. While the mistakes in the office may not be life threatening like in other industries, combined with the money lost due to absenteeism, they can significantly affect a company’s bottom line.
Romiszewski acknowledges how important sleep is:
“Part of my job as a sleep physiologist is to help educate employees and employers on sleep wellbeing and how to make the most out of our sleep.”
That’s the need Sleepyhead specializes in filling with its workshops for groups of employees and individual insomnia screenings to help identify and treat employees suffering from sleep disturbances.
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