The science of sleep and your team

Much attention has been focused on the importance of sleep for top-performing athletes, musicians, and politicians. Your business's teams shouldn’t be different.

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Why your company should care about sleep

It drives performance

Saves more than two weeks of lost productivity per year 1

Increases problem solving, 2 memory ability, decision-making, and creativity 3

Leads to better leadership and team engagement

It’s foundational for peak performance

Sleep is the foundation for performance, productivity, health and happiness.

It has a huge cost impact

If every American slept an hour more per night, it would add $226.4 billion to the US economy.4 A Fortune 500 company loses on average at least $80M per year.

Map showing economic costs of insufficient sleep across five countries. Source: Jess Plumridge/RAND Europe.

Sleep is linked with safety

More stable attention, fewer errors, and faster response time

Decreases risk of accidents by 70% 5

Avoids the sleep deprivation side-effect of feeling drunk 6

Health benefits, mental and physical

Less stress, burnout, depression and anxiety disorders 7, 8

Decreases risk for stroke and cardiovascular problems 9

Ability to exercise more rigorously

Leads to lower calorie intake

Employees are sleeping less and less

In 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on 6 hours or less sleep per night; in 2018, it’s almost 50% of the population. 10

It'll save your company money

Employees want sleep support from the workplace


of employees would ask for sleep support from employers. For millennials it’s up to 50%. 12


issue employees want when it comes to physical health is ‘getting enough sleep’. 13

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2. Harrison, Y., & Horne, J. A. (2000). The impact of sleep deprivation on decision making: a review. Journal of experimental psychology: Applied, 6(3), 236.
3. Harrison, Y., & Horne, J. (1998). Sleep loss impairs short and novel language tasks having a prefrontal focus. Journal of sleep research, 7(2), 95-100.
4. Plumridge, J., & Europe, R. (n.d.). Why Sleep Matters: Quantifying the Economic Costs of Insufficient Sleep. Retrieved from
5. Hafner, M., Stepanek, M., Taylor, J., Troxel, W. M., & Van Stolk, C. (2016). Why sleep matters–the economic costs of insufficient sleep. Europe: RAND Corporation.
6. Williamson, A. M., & Feyer, A. M. (2000). Moderate sleep deprivation produces impairments in cognitive and motor performance equivalent to legally prescribed levels of alcohol intoxication. Occupational and environmental medicine, 57(10), 649-655.
7. Neckelmann, D., Mykletun, A., & Dahl, A. A. (2007). Chronic insomnia as a risk factor for developing anxiety and depression. Sleep, 30(7), 873-880.
8. Söderström, M., Jeding, K., Ekstedt, M., Perski, A., & Åkerstedt, T. (2012). Insufficient sleep predicts clinical burnout. Journal of occupational health psychology, 17(2), 175.
9. Elwood, P., Hack, M., Pickering, J., Hughes, J., & Gallacher, J. (2006). Sleep disturbance, stroke, and heart disease events: evidence from the Caerphilly cohort. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 60(1), 69-73.
10. G. (n.d.). In U.S., 40% Get Less Than Recommended Amount of Sleep. Retrieved from
11. Brigham & Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Real Costs of Fatigue Calculator. Estimates assume no shiftworkers exist in the firm.
12, 13. K., & N. (n.d.). Consumer Health Mindset® Study 2017 [PDF]. Aon Hewitt.

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