Sleep and Recovery Toolkit

Working in partnership with employees, employers can take a positive, preventative and proactive approach to support sleep and recovery. Business in the Community (BITC), in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) have produced the first ever sleep and recovery toolkit. The document includes information, resources and practical actions employers can take to maximise employee energy. 200,000 working days lost in the UK each year due to insufficient sleep1 and in three people in the UK are affected by insomnia2. The annual cost of sleep loss to the UK is £40 billion3. The toolkit offers insight and advice on addressing the increasingly damaging sleep-loss epidemic affecting the nation.

The Sleep and Recovery Toolkit covers:

  • Key issues to consider
  • Understanding sleep deprivation
  • Taking action
  • Resources
  • Case studies

We spend about a third of our lives asleep and the multiple risks of sleep deprivation are well documented. This toolkit provides practical information for all employers on how you can create an environment where employees understand the importance of sleep and recovery, and are able to make healthier choices at work and at home. It also contains specific advice for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs can be disproportionately affected by the loss of key staff because of illness, or when they are unable to perform to the best of their ability because of fatigue. So, helping employees to maintain healthy sleep patterns and to recover fully after a period of sleep deprivation, is of vital importance.

Many of the points are simple to implement, supported by resources that are free or inexpensive. The crucial element is a commitment to support the health and wellbeing of the organisation by fostering an open and inclusive culture.

View and download the other seven toolkits in this series, developed in partnership with Public Health England

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References
  1. Denis Campbell; (2018); Britons told to get a good night’s sleep; The Guardian; 25 February; available at https://www.theguardian.com
  2. RAND Europe; (2016); Why Sleep Matters: Quantifying the Economic Costs of Insufficient Sleep; available at https://www.rand.org
  3. ibid