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Benefits of sufficient sleep for optimum employee performance

01 July 2016

With more companies focusing on workplace organisation to assist staff in working more efficiently, an American company has looked at the effect of sleep deprivation on its employees.

Insurance group Aetna has established a scheme to reward staff that sleep seven hours at night or more.

It pays $25 for every 20 nights each person sleeps seven hours or more, with a limit of $300 a year.

Employees are also rewarded if they do physical exercise, according to the BBC.

Approximately 25,000 of its staff participated in 2015, a dramatic rise from the 10,000 that took part in 2014.

The article, published on the BBC website, refers to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which estimates that sleep deprivation costs the US economy $63.2bn each year.

It also references the Rand Corporation 2015 European, which states that staff productivity was "significantly" less in those who slept less than eight hours per night, compared with those enjoying their full quota.

Further concern is expressed following the University of California, San Franciso study, which found that people who sleep less than six hours a night are four times more likely to catch colds when exposed to viruses, according to the BBC.

The general topic of healthy workplaces is receiving increasing attention within the FM sector, including discussions around indoor air quality, ergonomics and the provision of flexible working environments.

These and other topics will be explored in future issues of PFM magazine and this website.

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