Employee Wellness: Are You Sleep Deprived?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 16th, 2016

An alarming fact for all, but especially those concerned about employee wellness: One third of Americans do not get enough sleep on a regular basis, a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

employee welness sleep deprivationAbout 35% of  U.S. adults are sleeping less than seven hours a night, increasing their risk of a wide variety of health problems. Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night has been associated with increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, frequent mental distress and death, the study said.

People who are unable to work or are unemployed had lower healthy sleep duration (51% and 60%, respectively) than did employed folks (65%.) People with higher education also appeared better able to sleep well. Those with college degrees were higher (72%).

Married folks also sleep better, with 67% getting healthy sleep compared with 62% of people never married and 56% of those divorced, separated or widowed.

Sleep is just as important as what people eat and how much they’re exercising; it’s one of the pillars of good health.

To learn how to improve employee wellness and your sleep and your physical, mental and spiritual health, visit SelfCare for HealthCareContact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.

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