A question doctors often ask us at our yearly well-check (an annual visit with your doctor to provide preventative care) is, “are you getting enough sleep?” Unfortunately, the response is frequently, “no.” Many of us do not get adequate rest due to life stress, inability to separate from electronics (phone), and in some cases sleep-related illnesses like sleep apnea (a sleep disorder where breathing randomly stops and starts).

Lack of sleep often translates into a lack of productivity, focus, and wellness at work. The less sleep a person gets, the more likely it is that their immune system is compromised leading to mistakes and inefficiencies at work. These factors can cause a company’s healthcare costs to rise due to increased injuries and sick-day claims. To help, companies should embrace a wellcare program that includes a sleep health program. A company is more likely to see a return on investment (ROI) from a wellcare program such as Chews Your Health (CYH), which may include:

Affordability & Ease:

Employers cover out-of- pocket costs or the entirety of testing and treatments. Employer contributions increase the likelihood of employees following through with treatments. Testing and treatment signups should be made easily accessible to employees via online and/or paper forms to ensure employees are informed.

Testing Covers All Scopes of Sleep-Related Illnesses:

More Americans are being diagnosed with sleep apnea. Unfortunately, other sleep-related illness are being overshadowed that could lead to more problems over time. A sleep health program that properly diagnoses and provides treatment and education to employees should be incorporated into a company’s wellcare program.

Coaching:

Employers can send out educational flyers and emails to inform and motivate employees. However, another effective way to reach employees is through a sleep coach. Employees can speak directly to their personal coach who will recommend and support steps leading to improved sleep habits. Well-rested employees lead to a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce. With lowered absenteeism, increased productivity, and fewer accidents, companies can save thousands of dollars when employees are diagnosed properly and are not overmedicated.

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