The Role of Sleep Trackers and Work-Supported Sleep Interventions in Improving Physical and Mental Health




Busy professionals experience many pressures that impede their ability to obtain optimal amounts of sleep. Working according to shift patterns, working across different time zones simultaneously and international travel are all common causes of sleep loss. In addition, the use of artificial lighting and hand-held technologies at night, ever increasing pressure to perform (and be ‘seen’ to perform) and the lengthening of the working day, all make the challenge of getting optimal sleep more difficult for employees.
Traditionally, organizations that seek to enhance their effectiveness have focused on developing their leadership capabilities, strategically managing the talent within their organization, increasing employee engagement and motivation and streamlining their operations. However, having a workforce that participates in working life fully is of paramount importance, and organizations which are willing to engage with, and address the issue of poor sleep within an organizational context will be at a competitive advantage.
Given the importance of sleep at both the individual and organizational level, DONG Energy, in partnership with Professor Vicki Culpin at Ashridge Executive Education, conducted a study to understand (a) How poor sleep impacts a range of organizationally relevant physical and mental health measures and (b) what may be an effective way to improve sleep quantity and quality for individuals in a sustainable way.


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