Sleep has never been more popular… Gone are the days when former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher boasted about being able to operate on only a few hours a night. Now, research is placing sleep above any other factor, including diet and exercise, in terms of impact on a person’s wellbeing.
Not only does sleep deprivation put us at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes, it also makes us less productive, less empathetic and less safe at work. It affects our natural body clock, impacting our short-term memory, affects the hormones that make us feel hungry or satisfied – and raises the risk of an early death by up to 12%.
Here Lauren Applebey, from the Healthy Work Company, looks at the impact of lack of sleep on your workforce.