Insomnia and the Performance of U.S. Workers

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A 2011 Harvard Medical School study found that insomnia was significantly associated with lost work performance, and when projected onto the entire U.S. workforce, the study estimates that the lost performance due to insomnia costs businesses more than $63 billion per year. -- Arianna Huffington, Thrive

Sleep Environment And Health Habits Play A Role In Insomnia

The National Sleep Foundation states that if you have trouble falling or staying asleep, or you wake up feeling unrefreshed, you may be suffering from insomnia.

Insomnia may be caused by stress, anxiety, depression, disease, pain, medications, sleep disorders or poor sleep habits.

Your sleep environment and health habits may also play a role in your sleep problems.

Sleep an Important Aspect of our Health

Sleep underpins all aspects of our health; it is when our bodies are designed to recover from the stresses of the day before, and to prepare for the stresses of the day ahead.

Poor sleep can lead to an increase in the chronic stress response and thus a reduction in the immune function and further consequences to almost every aspect of our health and wellbeing.

Rested sleep is not just about how many hours we sleep, but also about quality of sleep, and a significant part of the quality is about the sleep environment.

The Sleep Environment

Supporting a Better Sleep

Modern advances in sleep research using infrared and magnetic technology have made possible the creation of the optimal sleep environment. The elements of the are designed to work in harmony together to cocoon you in an advanced adaptive sleep environment, to create the best chance of the highest quality of sleep, the feeling of sleeping in nature in our own homes, and to help achieve the level of sleep for your mind and body to function not just adequately, but with energy and vitality.

When choosing a bed, most people only really give thought to the apparent comfort of the mattress. However, in order to offer the highest quality sleep - and adequate rest and recovery - there are many considerations that need to be resolved in the sleep environment. These include: physical comfort, supportive thermal environment with moisture control, ventilation stimulation, hygiene and energetic environment all designed to support the highest quality sleep.

The elements of the sleep environment optimizes each of these different factors for each individual, even if they share a bed with a partner who might have significantly different requirements at any one time.

Additional Sleep Tips From the Experts Consulted in Thrive

• Make your bedroom darker and keep it cool.

• Practice deep breathing before bed.

• Take a warm bath before bed.

• Exercise or at least walk every day.

• Banish all LCD screens (laptops, tablets, smartphones, TV) at night.

• Cut down on coffee after 2pm and avoid alcohol right before bedtime to give the body time to metabolize it.

Creating Our Personal Sleep Revolution

Creating a healthier, happier life doesn't need to be complicated. By simply incorporating the sleep environment, my recommended choice is the Kenko Naturest Sleep System>, into our bed and adding the sleep tips suggested we will begin to create our personal revolution that will change our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

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