Did you know that when you work longer hours but have less sleep your actual output is less than if you are well-rested? Lack of sleep causes U.S. workers to perform at subpar levels. Harvard researchers estimate that sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies $63.2 billion in lost productivity – per year.*

In our winter issue of StayWell Connection, we discussed the importance of sleep and gave you a sneak peek at new products that can help participants address their sleep problems. If you didn’t get a chance to read our Sleep series blog, just click here.

In this issue, we’re going to take a closer look at one of our newest offerings that helps participants improve the quality and quantity of sleep: the Sleep Well challenge. This challenge helps participants create positive sleep habits and build an attainable plan for success through the use of behavior change techniques. Sleep Well incorporates device tracking, personal reporting, and interactive components to engage a wide range of participants.

The Sleep Well program focuses not only on short-term strategies and goals, but sets a foundation for participants to build long-term behavior patterns.

Some of the topics covered in the Sleep Well challenge are:
- How does screen time affect sleep quality?
- Tips for improving your sleep environment
- Are there patterns between quantity or quality of sleep and other lifestyle behaviors?
- Introduction to the concept of “sleep debt”

The main goal of the challenge is to motivate participants toward incremental sleep habit changes. The challenges lead participants from learning about a topic to developing skills to address areas they wish to improve. They can be used in all stages of behavior change, from pre-contemplation to maintenance.

To learn more about Sleep Well, contact your Account Executive.


*Kessler, R. C., et al. (2011). Insomnia and the Performance of US Workers: Results from the America Insomnia Survey. Sleep, 34(9):1161-1171.