Help make your employees days more productive with long nights of sleep.
In this day and age, many employers are well aware of the benefits of introducing a corporate health and wellness program into the workplace. Not only can it mean saving your business thousands of dollars in health care costs and insurance plans, but it also introduces your staff to a healthier lifestyle. Successful employer-sponsored wellness programs, such as the ones implemented by Walkingspree, have also been shown to generate cost savings for companies in terms of both expenses due to employee absenteeism and employee health care costs.
However, encouraging workers to regularly participate in an employee wellness program can sometimes be more difficult than you anticipate. While some businesses choose to meet this task with exciting incentives and monetary rewards, sometimes all it takes is simply explaining the many benefits of staying healthy and keeping fit.
For example, researchers at Oregon State University recently completed a study which shows that regular fitness and exercise among employees can not only lead to better productivity and motivation in the workplace, but it could also promote better sleep. In fact, the scientists behind the research study found that people who exercise at least 150 minutes a week have an easier time falling asleep at night, and are more alert and active throughout the day.
In order to help you motivate your employees and also to shed some light on just how beneficial corporate-sponsored wellness programs can be to your work place, we have put together some more examples of how exercise helps to promote sleep, which, in turn, also helps to drive productivity and motivation amongst employees.
Exercise Promotes Sleep
Among adults in the United States, about 35 to 40% of the population has problems with falling asleep or with daytime sleepiness. While this may not seem like a large problem, lack of sleep can have a serious impact on a person’s productivity, decision making, clarity of mind, motivation and interest in activities. However, researchers have recently found that people sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week.
The physically active also reported less drowsiness during the day, compared to individuals with less physical activity. To get the most beneficial night of sleep, experts suggest working out three to six hours before bed. This will help you maximize the benefits of exercise on sleep, since the body actually increases deep sleep to compensate for the physical stress of your workout.
Sleep Promotes Productivity
Many studies have also shown that there is a significant link between regular physical activity and perceptions of sleepiness during the day, which suggests that participation in physical activity on a regular basis may also positively influence an individual’s productivity at work. This is because missing out on sleep affects your motor skills, cognitive abilities and other brain functions.
In addition to productivity, researchers also believe that sleep plays an important role in memory and learning. For instance, in one study, researchers found that depriving students of sleep after learning a new skill significantly decreased memory of that skill up to three days later.
If you are interested in learning more about the many benefits that Walkingspree’s award-winning corporate wellness program can bring to your business, in addition to a better nights rest and increased productivity, be sure to contact us today. Walkingspree’s proven online walking program can improve the health of your target clientele, translating to lower healthcare claims and a more efficient work environment.