By: Andrew Hooge, Sr. Product Manager, Validic
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 45% of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep has affected their daily activities at least once per week. Sleep has been shown to have a significant impact on productivity. One study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concluded definitively that sleep disturbances contribute to decreased employee productivity at a high cost to employers. The amount of quality sleep a person is able to get each night directly correlates to a person’s overall health, productivity, and activity levels. Generally, people that get less than six hours of sleep per night are more prone to more sugar cravings, excess body fat, lack of energy, and more.
Lack of sufficient sleep was described by the CDC as a national health epidemic contributing to an increase in chronic conditions. Moreover, a popular study reported the loss in productivity resulting from insufficient or poor sleep was costing employers $2,280 annually per employee. While numbers like this are powerful, the ability to measure improvement and engagement of individuals has traditionally relied on self-reported hours of sleep.
With the increased number of people tracking their sleep through wearable technology, under the mattress devices, and ECG monitors, clinicians and employers have verifiable and detailed data to better assess the general health of an individual. The accuracy of these devices can provide a better understanding in both the amount of sleep and consistency of sleep – and provide more real-time feedback on behavior. Additionally, these devices provide more data points that a person is not able to capture on his or her own. For example, tracking rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, deep sleep, movement, snoring, and so on can only be captured in the home via the use of tracking devices and apps.
Sleep devices will continue to become more prolific as technology becomes increasingly sophisticated. To learn more about the types of sleep tracking devices and the use cases for wellness companies, download our new white paper.