Did someone just nod off during a meeting? Have you heard deep restful breathing from behind an office door? Are those dark circles getting darker? It’s no secret that American’s are sleep deprived. More than a quarter of the respondents in a National Sleep Foundation poll reported that a lack of shut eye affects their ability to perform in the workplace; the deficit is hurting your productivity.
Educating employees about the importance of good sleep habits can be part of a wellness initiative or simply a good topic to pass along.National Sleep Awareness Week beginning on March 7th is a natural time to launch a program.
There’s no need to plan construction on a nap room. Begin by passing on these timely tips from the National Sleep Foundation aimed at helping the 70 million Americans who are walking around groggy:
- Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends.
- Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music.
- Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
- Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex.
- Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime.
- Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime. It can keep you awake.
- Avoid nicotine (e.g. cigarettes, tobacco products). Used close to bedtime, it can lead to poor sleep.
- Avoid alcohol close to bedtime.
You don’t have to sing lullabies or divulge a fondness for a special blankie to create a positive impact. You will want to be well prepared for meetings when everyone stays awake!