Can Employee Sleep Coaching Save Hospitals Money?

In an effort to combat lost productivity from a lack of sleep, Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care initiated a sleep and health coaching session with 2,600 of its employees last year, which resulted in significant productivity savings, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Aurora employees engaged in a six-week online course to help alleviate insomnia and poor sleeping habits. Participants logged their sleeping habits in a diary, and health advisers then made sleep recommendations on a case-by-case basis, according to the report.

David Smith, MD, Aurora's vice president of patient experience and care management, told the Wall Street Journal that the health system recorded an average productivity savings of $672 per employee.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 30 percent of the civilian workforce does not get enough sleep every night, which may cost U.S. companies almost $63.2 billion in annual lost productivity.

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