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Not Getting Enough Sleep? Dream On (Literally)

Corporate America needs to not wake up and smell the coffee. A year or two ago, it seemed that sitting was “the new smoking,” or the on-the-job health hazard that was likely to kill us prematurely. Now there’s serious alarm-clock buzz about sleep deprivation, and it’s becoming the stuff of which professional nightmares are made. So reports The Washington Post.

Research published by Harvard indicates that insomnia is responsible for 11.3 days per year of lost productivity for the average U.S. worker. That translates to $2,280.00 per year, or a total loss of $63.2 billion nationally.

The problem is garnering enough attention that corporate heavyweights like Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson and Google are bringing in experts and finding creative ways to help their employees get more shut-eye, including holding “sleeposiums” or providing digital health sleep coaching.

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington has written and spoken extensively of her own struggles with sleep deprivation, and now teaches on-site meditation classes to help chill her staffers out.

The culprit? As with so many maladies these days, knowing fingers point to round-the-clock access to e-mail and social media, as well as the increasingly blurry lines between the office and what used to be called “leisure” time. Still, additional research indicates a possible link between sleep-deprived supervisors and abusive behavior toward subordinates; not to mention serious medical disorders like diabetes and even dementia.

As a result, at least one wellness and health-insurance provider, Ceridian, has started offering sleep coaches as part of its corporate client packages. Indeed, the Society for Human Resources Management now asks whether companies have on-site nap rooms in its annual survey of workplace benefits (only about 2% do).

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