The sleeping habits of your employees should be a concern for top management. Sleep is essential for our bodies to function and good sleep is key to employee performance. Recent studies reveal at least one third of your employees aren’t getting enough sleep, affecting their performance and your success. But can you really affect how people sleep and even help them sleep better? Yes, you can!

man waking up from a good night's sleep
man waking up from a good night’s sleep

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Here are some recommendations for companies on how to deal with sleep deprivation and help their employees establish better sleeping patterns:

  1. SPREAD AWARENESS

    Host events promoting a healthy sleep schedule. The goal is to let employees know that proper sleep may help them save a lot of money on their health in the long run. They will be more productive, leading to promotions and an increased income.

  2. IMPLEMENT A FLEXIBLE WORK SCHEDULE

    Sleep-wake cycle varies from individual to individual. Make the most of your employees’ fluctuations in productivity. Offer a flexible work schedule that allows employees to arrive well-rested and work at their own pace. This isn’t possible for every company, but if it’s possible for yours, consider it.

  3. OFFER A SLEEP SCREENING TEST

    Most employees worked from home during Covid-19. The first few weeks back will be stressful. Employees may struggle to adapt to the new normal. This is to be expected. A sleep screening test will help by measuring sleep quality, sleep duration, and sleep apnea and provide your employees with recommendations that help improve their overall quality of sleep.

sleep ring for sleep screening test

WHAT IS A SLEEP SCREENING TEST?

A sleep screening test screens for a variety of sleep concerns such as sleep apnea and sleep quality. Patients wear a noninvasive test ring to bed and activate it with a downloaded app. At night, patients hit record when they go to bed and hit stop when they wake up. It’s that simple.

All new patients receive a free sleep screening test at District Dental.


WHAT ARE COMMON SLEEP DISORDERS?

Common sleep disorders dentists can screen for are:

  1. Insomnia: inability to fall asleep
  2. Narcolepsy: uncontrolled sudden onset of sleep
  3. Restless Leg syndrome: constant urge to move your leg during sleep
  4. Benign snoring: mild form of airway obstruction that likely has no impact on overall health, other then possibly disturbing one’s partner’s sleep
  5. Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS): increased breathing effort needed to get past the resistance in the upper airway. Due to the need for increased respiratory effort, the brain has to arouse itself from deeper stages of sleep. This interrupts the proper sleep cycle and interferes with brain’s efforts to repair and restore itself. UARS can lead to Sleep Apnea if remains unmanaged
  6. Sleep Apnea: involves apneas (pause in breathing) and hypopneas (reduction in breathing), where breathing repeatedly stops for 10 seconds or more
    • Central: is where the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing during sleep
    • Obstructive: involves an obstruction in the upper airway that prevents one to take a breath during sleep
    • Mixed: both central and obstructive apneas are involved

HOW DOES IT HELP SLEEPING HABITS?

Our sleep ring measures sleep quality, sleep duration, and sleep apnea. Once we review and present the patient’s results, Dr. Stas Pavlenko make recommendations. These recommendations can include a dental appliance to be worn during sleep or a follow up with a sleep doctor. By following these recommendations, your employees’ sleeping habits may improve, improving productivity in the workplace and boost employee morale.

Do you suspect you may have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or you think someone you know may have one? Click on the following link to fill out Sleep Disorder Questionnaire.

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