The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data collected with the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from 2004-2006 demonstrated that an estimated 70 million Americans are negatively affected by chronic sleep loss or sleep disorders!
That is a very large statistic and could include part of your employee population.
Employees should know that maintaining a healthy sleep schedule is vital to psychological and physical well being. Excessive daytime sleepiness can degrade concentration, alertness, and thus decrease performance safety on the job. Sleep is also tied to hunger-mechanisms and therefore dietary balance. The general recommendation of sleep hours to maintain perceived calorie need is about eight hours.
Because sleep is such a vital component to a healthy workforce, you may want to sponsor a sleep education seminar at work. University Services is a sleep diagnostic and treatment center that offers sleep disorder testing and education http://www.uservices.com. The data from the CDC can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pubs/pubd/hestats/sleep04-06/sleep04-06.htm
For more information on sleep testing at your worksite contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In good health,