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Enhancing Workplace Wellness: How Companies Can Support Employees in Improving Sleep

Updated: Feb 8

Written by: Kristine Keykal, M.P.H. | Co-Founder & CEO of AdvantageHealth

Sleep often takes a backseat to professional obligations and personal responsibilities. Yet, quality sleep is crucial for overall wellbeing and productivity. Recognizing the importance of adequate rest, companies and HR departments/Employee Wellness Professionals can play a pivotal role in fostering a culture of sleep wellness among employees.

Understanding the Importance of Sleep

Sleep impacts various aspects of an individual's life, including physical health, mental wellbeing, cognitive function, and productivity. Lack of sleep can lead to decreased concentration, impaired decision-making, increased stress levels, and heightened risk of accidents or errors in the workplace.

Cultivating a Culture of Sleep Wellness

  • Educational Initiatives: Companies can organize workshops or seminars to educate employees about the importance of sleep hygiene and its impact on overall health and performance. HR departments can provide resources such as articles, podcasts, or webinars on sleep-related topics. AdvantageHealth offers many webinars/seminars on this topic including: - Get a Good Night’s Sleep – The Seven things You Must Do - Sleep: The 3rd Pillar of Health - Strategies for Quality Sleep - The Power of Sleep View all of our webinars/seminars focused on stress management and sleep.

  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Offering flexible work schedules or remote work options can allow employees to better align their work hours with their natural sleep patterns. This flexibility empowers employees to prioritize sleep without sacrificing productivity.

  • Creating Comfortable Workspaces: Providing ergonomic furniture, adjustable lighting, and noise-cancelling headphones can contribute to a conducive work environment that promotes relaxation and minimizes distractions, ultimately improving sleep quality.

  • Encouraging Regular Breaks: Encouraging employees to take regular breaks throughout the workday can help prevent burnout and allow for brief periods of relaxation, reducing stress levels and promoting better sleep at night.

  • Promoting Work-Life Balance: Encouraging a healthy work-life balance sends a message to employees that their wellbeing is valued. Establishing clear boundaries between work and personal time can help alleviate work-related stressors, contributing to improved sleep quality.

  • Providing Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Offering access to EAPs that include counseling services or mental health support can help employees address underlying issues contributing to sleep disturbances, such as stress, anxiety, or depression.

  • Incorporating Wellness Challenges: Implementing wellness challenges focused on sleep, such as step challenges or meditation challenges, can motivate employees to prioritize sleep and adopt healthier habits. Consider AdvantageHealth's 3-week wellness challenge: Deep Sleep Challenge. During this challenge, participants will track their current sleep habits for the first week to discover how much they are actually sleeping and what habits are helping or hindering them. For the following two weeks, participants can try at least 10 out of 12 new techniques to help improve the quality of their sleep.

  • Flexible PTO Policies: Implementing flexible paid time off (PTO) policies allows employees to take time off when needed to rest and recharge, reducing the risk of burnout and chronic sleep deprivation.

Incorporating sleep wellness initiatives into the workplace not only benefits employees' health and wellbeing but also enhances productivity, creativity, and overall job satisfaction. By prioritizing sleep and creating a supportive environment, companies and HR departments can foster a culture where employees thrive both professionally and personally. Investing in employees' sleep health is an investment in the success and longevity of the organization as a whole.


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Let Kristine Keykal, M.P.H, co-founder of AdvantageHealth with over 25 years of experience, consult with you on your employee wellness program.

Since 2001, Minnesota-based AdvantageHealth has been delivering award-winning employee wellbeing programs and fitness center design & management throughout the U.S.

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