Sleep is becoming the new national obsession. Ikea’s latest advert is a case in point and is a veritable hymn to the pleasures of sleep. But what if you are having trouble getting enough?
As it’s National Sleep Awareness Week, starting today, there is likely to be a lot of focus on all things zzzz. That includes tips on how to get a good night’s rest, a subject close to many a parent’s heart.
Sleep is also something that is becoming an increasing concern for employers. A report out this week found that sleep management is one of the fastest growing areas of wellbeing for 2017.
The research from Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) in association with Punter Southall Health & Protection said the number of companies including sleep in their wellbeing strategy is set to double from 42% to 88% this year.
This is in part due to employers’ realisation of the impact lack of sleep is having on their bottom line. A report by RAND published last year estimates that it costs the economy around £40 billion a year due to reduced performance and stress.
RAND suggests that the proportion of people sleeping less than the recommended hours of sleep is rising due to lifestyle factors associated with a 24/7 society, such as excessive electronic media use, a lack of physical exercise and stress which can increase people’s alcohol consumption and smoking.
Beate O’Neil, Head of Wellbeing Consulting at Punter Southall Health & Protection says sleep management embraces everything from addressing issues such as workplace stress, long working hours and employee work life balance as well as offering guidance around how to develop good sleep habits.
Of course, if children are the chief cause of your sleep problems, you may need to consult the parenting manuals or hope that it is just a phase they are going through…